Microbiology & Immunology Faculty


Jonathon P. Audia, Ph.D. 

Rickettsia prowazekii:

Studies on the genetics metabolism and virulence of the agent causing epidemic typhus.






Robert A. Barrington, Ph.D.

B Lymphocyte Biology:

Microenvironmental signals regulating B lymphocyte differentiation and cell fate.






John W. Foster, Ph.D.

Microbial physiology and genetics:

Studies on the molecular mechanisms used by pathogenic and commensal strains of Escherichia coli and Shigella to survive acidic host environments. 






Jonathan O. Rayner, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases

Research Interests:
Molecular pathogenesis of emerging and re-emerging viral infections, and the development of animal models and assays to support early stage discovery and evaluation of new medical interventions against an array of infectious disease pathogens.




David O. Wood, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Rickettsia prowazekii:

Genetic and proteomic analysis of rickettsial obligate intracellular parasitism: Investigations of intracellular growth and virulence of the bacterial agents that cause Epidemic Typhus (Rickettsia prowazekii) and Rocky Mountain spotted fever (Rickettsia rickettsii). 


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