Research Areas

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Summer Research Fellowship Program Information
**Summer research fellowships are avaiable for both Immunology/Microbiology and Biochemistry/Molecular Biology students**.

Primary Faculty

Thomas C. Holland, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Penn State, 1978.  Herpes simplex virus; innate cellular antiviral defense mechanisms.

Matthew P. Jackson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Kansas State, 1985.  Medical School Administration. Pathogenic mechanisms of bacterial toxins; structure-function analysis of Shiga toxin; genetic engineering of toxin chimeras; educational technology.

Philip E. Pellett, Professor and Chair, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1986.  Virus-host cell interactions during human cytomegalovirus replication, including remodeling of the secretory apparatus and interactions with cellular microRNAs; immunobiology of human herpesviruses; herpesvirus evolution.

Kevin R. Theis, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008. Host-microbe interactions with emphases on the perinatal microbiome and the reciprocal influences of symbiotic microbes on behavior and behavior on shaping animals' microbiomes.

Raghavendar R. Thipparthi (T.R. Reddy), Associate Professor, Ph.D., Hyderabad (India), 1989.  Cellular proteins and post-transcriptional regulation of HIV-1 gene expression.

Harley Y. Tse, Professor, Ph.D., California, San Diego, 1977.  Genetic regulation of T-cell functions; T-cell migration and chronic relapsing model of murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

Jeffrey H. Withey, Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2000.  Control of Vibrio cholerae virulence; transcriptional regulation; protein-DNA interactions, zebrafish as a V. cholerae host.

Yuan He, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011.  His research focus is on innate immunity, with a focus on the mechanism and regulation of NLRP3 inflammasome activation.


Cross Appointed Faculty ( Eligible to accept students in Immunology and Microbiology graduate programs)

Kang Chen, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2009.  Immunology of B cell differentiation and antibody diversification, mucosal immunology, reproductive immunology.

Nardhy Y. Gomez-Lopez, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., National School of Biological Sciences, IPN, (Mexico), 2009.  Immunological pathways in pregnancy and related pathologies such as preterm birth.

Gilda G. Hillman, Associate Professor, Ph.D. Hebrew University (Israel), 1983.  Modulation of immune responses in irradiated normal lung by soy isoflavones; isoflavones to augment radiotherapy of lung carcinoma.

Qing-Sheng Mi, Professor, M.D., Ph.D., Taishan Medical University (China), 1985.  Epigenetic immune regulation (miRNAs and histone modification), especially on NKT cells, dendritic cells and Langerhans cells, in autoimmunity, tumor immunity, skin immunity, and skin cancer.  Serum miRNA biomarkers for disease prediction, prognosis and immunotherapy, including Type 1 diabetes, psoriatic arthritis, and melanoma.

Susmit Suvas,  Associate Professor, Ph.D. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India 2002. Immunopathogenesis of ocular herpes simplex virus 1 infection-induced keratitis and immunobiology of Foxp3+ regulatory T cells during inflammation.

Wei-Zen Wei, Professor, Ph.D., Brown, 1978.  Tumor immunotherapy, recombinant cancer vaccines, mammary tumor progression and prevention; T-cell antigen processing and presentation.

Kezhong Zhang, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Fudan University (China), 1998.  Intracellular stress signaling in inflammation, metabolism, and oncogenesis; ER stress, unfolded protein response, and toll-like receptor signaling; lipid and glucose metabolism; autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders, and human breast cancer.

Li Zhou, Assistant Professor, M.D., Taishan Medical University, (China) 1985.  miRNA immune regulation and its related diseases including autoimmune vitiligo and melanoma.