Research and Facilities

Our research tackles basic science problems related to emerging and familiar infectious diseases. In our laboratories, we engage you in collaborations to study many types of microbes — including significant human pathogens — and how they cause and advance infection. Our findings lend valuable insight to the development of new anti-microbial therapies.

Our research on bacterial pathogens focuses primarily on how these simple, single-celled organisms successfully cause disease. We study the pathogenesis in different host tissues of both gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.

Our parasitology research focuses on the biology, host interactions and responses of complex infection-causing organisms, such as protozoan parasites, fungi and yeast.

Our immunology research intersects with explorations of various disease-causing pathogens, incorporating molecular processes, cancer immunology and infectious disease. We study host immune responses to microbial infection, mucosal immunology, mucosal vaccine adjuvants and vaccine development.

We study a wide variety of viruses, including papillomaviruses, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV). We focus on basic molecular mechanisms. In the long term, we aim to understand viral infection and reactivation, prevent viral infection and develop anti-viral therapies.