MARC Faculty

Program Directors

Gregg Dean, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Sandra Quackenbush, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs,
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Mark Zabel, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research,
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Program Coordinator

Grace Borlee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

Program Faculty

NameDegree(s)RankPrimary DepartmentResearch Interest
Abdo, ZaidPhDAssociate ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyMicrobiome/ Metagenomics/ Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Akkina, Ramesh DVM, PhDProfessor Microbiology, Immunology & PathologyHIV and Dengue virus, gene and antimicrobial therapies in humanized mouse models and human stem cells
Argueso, J. LucasPhDAssociate ProfessorEnvironmental & Radiological Health SciencesGenome stability
Belisle, JohnPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyMycobacterium tuberculosis proteins, growth regulation, pathogenesis, immunization targets
Borlee, BradPhDAssociate ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyBacterial signaling in the regulation of pathogenesis and biofilm development
Chicco, AdamPhDAssociate ProfessorBiomedical SciencesMechanisms and (patho) physiological consequences of altered mitochondrial function and fatty acid metabolism in the context of physiological and pathological stress
Crick, DeanPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyStructure and biogenesis of the cell-wall and lipids of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Dean, GreggDVM, PhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyInnate immunity in immunodeficiency virus infections; lactobacillus based vectors to induce mucosal immunity
Dobos, KarenPhDAssociate ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyMycobacterium bacterial physiology
Ebel, GregoryScDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyArboviral genetic diversity and adaptation to host and vectors
Ehrhart, NicoleDVMProfessorClinical SciencesBone healing in cancer; mesenchymal stem cell therapy to improve bone allograft survival
Foy, BrianPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyVector biology, arbovirology, interactions at the interface of hosts, vectors and pathogens
Geiss, BrianPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyMolecular virology and biochemistry of mosquito-borne Arboviruses
Gonzalez-Juarrero, MercedesPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyImmunology/infectious diseases/aerosol therapy
Gustafson, DanielPhDProfessorClinical SciencesPharmacologic modalities for cancer treatment, pharmacokinetics, and mathematical modeling
Henao-Tamayo, MarcelaPhDAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyMemory immunity in tuberculosis
Jackson, MaryPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyBiosynthetic pathways of M. tuberculosis envelope; agents to prevent nosocomial infection
Kading, RebekahPhDAssociate ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyEcology and transmission dynamics of vector-borne pathogens, emerging arboviruses
Kim, SeonilPhDAssistant ProfessorBiomedical SciencesSynapse biology, neuron function, cognition in brain disorders
Magzamen, SherylMPH, PhDAssistant ProfessorEnvironmental & Radiological Health SciencesEnvironmental health science and quantitative methodology applied to chronic diseases
Mathiason, CandacePhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyMother to offspring transmission of prions and viruses and intervention therewith; prions in blood
Mayo, ChristieDVM, PhDAssociate ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyGenetic and ecological context of pathogens, transmitted by midges
Perera, RushikaPhDAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyImpact of cellular metabolism on arbovirus replication within vertebrate hosts and arthropod vectors
Podell, BrendanDVM, PhDAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyDiabetes-tuberculosis comorbidity, Pathology
Rao, SangeetaPhD, MVScAssociate ProfessorClinical SciencesEpidemiology
Regan, DanDVM, PhDAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyAnatomic Pathology, Cancer Biology
Robertson, GregoryPhDAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyClinical microbiology, Antibacterial discovery
Ryan, ElizabethPhDAssociate ProfessorEnvironmental & Radiological Health SciencesInteraction between food components, gut microbiome, and immunity
Santangelo, KellyDVM, PhDAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyAnimal models of primary and secondary osteoarthritis
Schaeffer, JoshuaPhDAssistant ProfessorEnvironmental & Radiological Health SciencesOccupational and environmental aerosol exposure assessments
Schountz, TonyPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyVaccine development and immunomodulatory therapeutics for zoonotic viruses
Stenglein, MarkPhDAssociate ProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyViral evolution, genomics and computational biology of emerging diseases
Thamm, DouglasVMD, MSAssociate ProfessorClinical SciencesTyrosine kinase signaling in cancer cells, biomarkers for therapeutics, therapy to enhance chemosensitivity
Tjalkens, RonPhDProfessorEnvironmental & Radiological Health SciencesNeuroinflammation and the role of glial cells in neurodegenerative disorders
Tsunoda, SusanPhDProfessorBiomedical SciencesSignal Transduction; Protein Targeting; Phototransduction; K+ Channel Regulation
VandeWoude, SueDVMProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology, and PathologyTrans-species infectivity, and co-evolution of HIV-like retroviruses of domestic and nondomestic felids
Vigh, JozsefPhDAssociate ProfessorBiomedical SciencesRetinal signal processing; optic neurotransmitters and optic nerve degenerative diseases
Wilusz, JeffPhDProfessorMicrobiology, Immunology & PathologyRNA Biology