Immunology Faculty

Program Chair

Anne Satterthwaite, Ph.D.
Anne B. Satterthwaite, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Genetic analysis of signal-transduction pathways regulating B lymphocyte development and function

Faculty

Todd Aguilera, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Tumor immunology, molecular engineering, radiation and immune responses, gastrointestinal cancers

Todd Aguilera, M.D., Ph.D.
Esra Akbay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Lung cancer microenvironment, immunotherapy

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Bruce Beutler, M.D.

Regental Professor

Research Interests: The role of cytokines in the inflammatory response, forward genetic analysis of immunity

Bruce Beutler, M.D.
Ezra Burstein, M.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Molecular control of inflammatory responses in the intestine, inflammation and cancer progression, regulation of NF-kB activity, COMM.D. proteins

Ezra Burstein, M.D.
Zhijian “James” Chen, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Ubiquitin-proteasome pathway; NF-kappaβ signaling; innate immunity; T cell receptor signaling

Zhijian James Chen, Ph.D.
Lindsay Cowell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Somatic diversification of antigen receptor genes; repertoire characteristics as biomarkers of immune status and disease; host-pathogen interactions

Lindsay Cowell, Ph.D.
J. David Farrar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Molecular immunology; signal transduction; regulation of T-cell differentiation and cytokine gene expression

David Farrar, Ph.D.
Yang-Xin Fu, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Cancer microenvironment, tumor targeted immunotherapy, antibody engineering, anti-cancer treatment-induced immune responses

Yang-Xin Fu, M.D., Ph.D.
Michelle Joubert Gill, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Pathogenesis and immunobiology of infectious disease; human dendritic cells in respiratory syncytial viral infections; the host mucosal immune response to respiratory viral infections in children; dendritic cells in the pathogenesis of asthma

Michelle Joubert Gill, M.D., Ph.D.
Dustin Hancks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, genetic conflicts, positive selection​, genome evolution, innate immunity, evolutionary immunology, horizontal gene transfer, poxviruses, mutation, genetic disease, genomics

Dustin Hancks, Ph.D.
Tamia Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Skin microbiome; sebaceous gland biology; lipidomics; skin steroid hormones; bacterial metabolism

Tamia Harris-Tryon, M.D., Ph.D.
Lora Hooper, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Host-microbial interactions; mucosal immunology

Lora Hooper, Ph.D.
Andrew Koh, M.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Host-microbial interactions; bacterial-fungal interactions in the gut; the role of antibiotics in modulating infection and graft-versus-host disease

Andrew Koh, M.D.
Bo Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Computational cancer immunology, tumor-immune interaction and high-throughput profiling of immune receptor repertoire

Bo Li, Ph.D.
Christopher Y.H. Lu, M.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Transplant tolerance; regulation of macrophage function; ontogeny of macrophage function and its implications for self/nonself discrimination and autoimmunity; mechanisms of renal allograft rejections

Christopher Lu, M.D.
Lennette Lu, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Antibody effector runctions,antibody glycosylation, host microbial interactions, humoral immunity, tuberculosis

Lennette Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Nancy Monson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Translational research on the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS). Specifically, focused on the impact of B cells on MS and the mouse model of MS (Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis)

Nancy Monson, Ph.D.
Jerry Y. Niederkorn, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Immune privilege of the anterior chamber of the eye; immune surveillance of intraocular tumors; immune modulation of cancer metastases; immunobiology of corneal transplants; immunology of parasitic diseases

Jerry Niederkorn, Ph.D.
Robert Orchard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, virology, immunology, norovirus, CRISPR/Cas9 screening

Robert Orchard, Ph.D.
Venuprasad Poojary, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Inflammation, tumor immunology, ubiquitionan, T cell differentation, tolerance

Venuprasad Poojary, Ph.D.
Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Co-infection, herpes viruses, host-pathogen interaction, immunology, virology

Tiffany Reese, Ph.D.
Danielle Robertson, O.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Infectious diseases, cornea, dry eye

Danielle Robertson, O.D., Ph.D.
Roger Rosenberg, M.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Alzheimer’s disease and genetic neurological disease

Roger Rosenberg, M.D.
John Schoggins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Virus-host interactions and viral pathogenesis, antiviral immune responses, interferon effector mechanisms

John Schoggins, Ph.D.
Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Innate immune response to intracellular pathogens, microbial pathogenesis, mucosal immunology, mycobacterium tuberculosis, and role of carbon monoxide (CO) in host-pathogen interactions

Michael Shiloh, M.D., Ph.D.
Nicolai S.C. van Oers, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Regulation of antigen-receptor signal-transduction systems

Nicolai S.C. van Oers, Ph.D.
Tao Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Immunogenomics, Tumor genomics, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Machine

Tao Wang, Ph.D.
Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Dysbiosis of the gut microbiota; host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in the inflamed gut; pathogenesis of salmonella infection; connecting metabolism and virulence during infection with enteric pathogens

Sebastian Winter, Ph.D.
Nan Yan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Innate immune recognition of HIV and other retroviruses; innate immune sensing of self versus non-self nucleic acids; pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases such as Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome and lupus

Nan Yan, Ph.D.
Hasan Zaki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: NOD-like receptors; innate immune signaling pathways; host-pathogen interaction; intestinal inflammation and cancer

Hasan Zaki, Ph.D.
Chengcheng (Alec) Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Signaling and function of immune inhibitory receptors in cancer and immunity; novel immunotherapies targeting cancers and tumor microenvironment.

Chengcheng (Alec) Zhang, Ph.D.
Zhenyu Zhong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Inflammation, innate immunity, mitochondrial signaling pathways and tumor immunology

Zhenyu Zhong, Ph.D.

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program responsibilities.

Kiyoshi Ariizumi, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms for the pathogenesis of skin diseases.

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Rebecca S. Gruchalla, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Immunopathology of antibiotic drug allergy, specifically sulfonamide drug allergy

Rebecca Gruchalla, M.D., Ph.D.
David R. Karp, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Function of class II molecules of the major histocompatibility complex, including antigen presentation and its role in autoimmune disease; role of complement receptors in B-cell activation and presentation of soluble antigens

David Karp, M.D., Ph.D.
Quan-Zhen Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research Interests: Disease related genes and pathways, genomic analysis, high through-put microarray, and second generation sequencing

Quan-Zhen Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Nancy E. Street, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: Activation and differentiation of murine T-helper cells; the role of T-helper cells in tumor dormancy and infectious disease

Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Olaf Stüve, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Prion protein (PrP) as a disease modifier in autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system

Olaf Stuve, M.D., Ph.D.
Ellen S. Vitetta, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: The development, genetic engineering, and testing of immunotoxins, antibodies, and vaccines in animals and humans; the immunology of tumor dormancy; Gulf War Syndrome; multidrug resistance in tumors

Ellen Vitetta, Ph.D.
Edward K. (Ward) Wakeland, Ph.D.

Professor

Research Interests: Genetic variability in the immune system, molecular genetics of susceptibility to autoimmune diseases

Edward (Ward) Wakeland, Ph.D.