Key Faculty & Specific Research Interests
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Budge specializes in translational, public health-related research, with a special focus on filarial infections—insect-borne threadlike parasitic worms that cause lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness), and loiasis (African eye worm).
The Herbert S. Gasser Professor, Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, Pathology & Immunology
Michael Diamond, MD, PhD is the leader of a basic and translational research laboratory studying the interface between viral pathogenesis and host immunity. His laboratory focuses on emerging RNA viruses including flaviviruses, alphaviruses, and coronaviruses.
David M. and Paula L. Kipnis Distinguished Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology
Dr. Goldberg does basic research on the biology of malaria and identification of drug targets. Parasites have evolved many clever ways to infect their hosts and develop within them. Researching these processes at a molecular level should lead to treatment or prevention of parasitic infections that afflict most of humanity. His laboratory currently has 4 graduate students, 2 postdocs, one pediatric ID fellow, one technician and a research associate professor. Dr. Goldberg directs the Infectious Diseases/Basic Microbial Mechanisms T32 training grant.
Professor of Medicine of Medicine and Genetics
There are two main threads to Dr. Mitreva’s current research. The continued development of molecular information, bioinformatics tools, and reagents for the study of parasitic infections is crucial, therefore she takes advantage of next-generation technologies and implements comparative genomics approaches to study the biology and cellular pathways of these important parasites. The second area of her research is focused on the human microbiome. The approaches she undertakes in these two areas have the potential for significant impact due to the recent explosion in the amount of data requiring analysis.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Rosa’s experience in the statistical analysis of complex datasets (utilizing multiple types of evidence spanning treatments or species) has led to the identification differentially expressed genes, drug targets and pathways of interest for experimental verification.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology
Dr. Weil’s research group conducts research on filarial nematode parasites that cause important tropical diseases such as elephantiasis and river blindness. This includes basic research on parasite biology and translational research to develop improved diagnostic tests and treatments.