Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology offers opportunities for original research in the areas of molecular and applied microbiology, biotechnology, cell and developmental biology, epigenetics, geomicrobiology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, molecular immunology, microbial ecology, microbial pathogenesis, and virology.

 

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Faculty Members in Microbiology and Immunology

Name Research Interests
Abraham, Ninan Mammals, pathogens, genetic analysis, proper cell funtion, development, maintenance and proper functioning of T- and B-cells
Av-Gay, Yossef Infectious Diseases; Microbiology; drug discovery; Macrophage biology; Tuberculosis
Beatty, John Bacteria; Molecular Genetics; Regulation; Molecular Structure and Sizing; Gene transfer mediated by virus-like particles; Light-driven reactions in photosynthesis proteins; Applications of photosynthesis proteins to solar energy
Brown, Kelly Medical, health and life sciences; childhood rheumatic diseases; Inflammation; phagocytes
Crowe, Sean Geobiology, biogeochemistry, microbial evolution
Eltis, Lindsay Biochemistry; Genomics; Immunology; Microbiology; Bacterial catabolism of steroids and lignin; biocatalyst development; Enzymes and Proteins; Metabolism (Living Organisms); Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Fernandez, Rachel Bordetella pertusis, whooping cough, lipopolysaccharide
Finlay, B Brett Infectious agents, bacteria, microbial infections and how humans react to it
Gaynor, Erin Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis, foodborne human pathogen, Campylobacter jejuni
Gold, Michael understanding cell signaling, morphology, trafficking, and effector function of immune cells and tumour cells
Hallam, Steven methanogenesis, methane oxidation, methyl coenzyme M reductase, metagenomics, environmental microbiology, genomics, proteomics, microbial ecology, systems biology, archaea, energy, bioinformatics, Microbial communities, construction and interpretation of environmental genomic libraries, generation of computational tools and workflows for taxonomic and functional binning, population genome assembly, and comparative community analysis, development and functional screens to interrogate environmental genomic libraries for bioactive small molecules and biocatalysis
Hancock, Robert E Cationic Antimicrobial Peptides, Host Defence Peptides and Innate Immunity, Functional Genomics of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Regulation of Antibiotic Resistance, Array Data, Self-promoted uptake hypothesis
Haney, Cara genetic and metabolic factors that regulate assembly of host-associated microbial communities (
Harder, Kenneth Host-pathogen, tumours, infection, immunity, atherosclerosis, role of macrophages in inflammation
Hirst, Martin Bioinformatics; Clinical oncology; Genomics; Immunology; Microbiology; Carcinogenesis; Cellular Differentiation; Epigenomics; Leukemia; Molecular Genetics
Horwitz, Marc Mechanisms of viral-induced immune disease in a variety of complex chronic disorders
Jean, Francois Medical virology; Protein trafficking in cell biology; Proteomics; Enzymes (including kinetics and mechanisms, and biocatalyst); Organelle function; Virology; Systems biology; Cellular virology; Emerging human viruses; COVID-19; Host-virus interactions; Broad-based antiviral agents; Antiviral agents; Natural products as antiviral agents; Lipid-modulating drugs; Cellular protease inhibitors; Viral protease inhibitors; Human coronaviruses; SARS-CoV-2; Human flaviviruses; Dengue virus; Zika virus; West Nile virus; Influenza A virus; Human microRNAs; Therapeutic microRNA; Viral and cellular biomarkers; Molecular diagnostics for detecting viral infection; Circulating exosomes; Exosomal microRNAs; Proteomics-based technologies; Multiplexed and Mass Spectrometric quantitation assays
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Iron transport molecules
Johnson, Pauline Diseases of the Immune System; Immunology; Inflammation; Immune-cancer interactions; Innate immunity; Macrophages and myeloid cells
Kronstad, James Bioinformatics; Immunology; Microbiology; Plant biology; Fungal diseases of plants; Genomics and Proteomics; Medical Mycology; Molecular Genetics; Pathogenesis of infectious diseases; Plant-Microbe Interactions
Levings, Megan Immune homeostasis
Manges, Amee Health sciences; Immunology; Microbiology; Public and population health; Epidemiology; Molecular epidemiology; Public health
McMaster, W Robert Molecular Immunology
Mohn, William pollutant biodegradation, pollutant bioremediation, biological treatment of forest industry effluents and wastes, microbial ecology, environmental biotechnology, forest soil microbial ecology, tuberculosis, microbial genomics, Microbial ecology
Money, Deborah Reproductive Infectious Diseases, Infectious in pregnancy, vaginal microbiome, HPV vaccine, HIV in women, HIV in pregnancy, Perinatal transmission of viral pathogens and infectious etiology of preterm labour
Murphy, Michael Bioinformatics; Immunology; Microbiology; Alternatives to antibiotics; Bacterial pathogenesis; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Functional and Structural Proteomics; Microbial metal metabolism
Osborne, Lisa influence that the bacteria that live on and in our intestines, lungs and skin have on human health; understanding how the host recognizes the diverse species that reside in the gut - from microscopic viruses to large, multicellular helminthic worms - and tailors an immune response of the appropriate scope and magnitude necessary to achieve homeostasis
Redfield, Rosemary Microbial evolution
Reiner, Neil Host/Pathogen Interactions, host defense against intracellular infection and how intracellular microbes disrupt cellular functions to favor their survival
Sadarangani, Manish Immunology; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacterial Vaccines; Childhood infections; Epidemiology; Immune System; Vaccine Development; Vaccine immunity
Sly, Laura Childhood Diseases; Macrophages; Inflammatory bowel diseases; Inflammation; Innate immune responses
Steiner, Theodore Cell Signaling and Infectious and Immune Diseases; Cell Therapy of Infectious and Immune Diseases; Gastrointestinal Pathologies; Infectious Diseases; intestinal immunology; Innate immunity; gastrointestinal infections
Suttle, Curtis Bioinformatics; Fisheries sciences; Immunology; Microbiology; Oceanography; Plant biology; Biological Oceanography; Environmental Virology; Marine Environment; Marine Microbiology; Microbial Diversity; Phage; Viral Discovery; Viruses
Thompson, Charles Regulation of bacterial gene expression
Tocheva, Elitza Microbiology; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Functional and Structural Proteomics; Microbial Ultrastructure; Cryo-electron tomography and Structural Biology; bacterial physiology; Microbial Diversity; Secretion systems and Mechanisms of pathogenesis; Novel bacterial phyla
Tokuyama, Maria Endogenous retroviruses (ERVs), Chronic interaction between viruses and the immune system
Tropini, Carolina Immunology; Medical and biomedical engineering; Microbiology; Bacteria; Bacteriophages; Bioengineering; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biophysics; Gut microbiota; Inflammatory bowel disease
Turvey, Stuart Immunology; Microbiology; Asthma; Immune System; Immunodeficiencies; Microbiome cohort studies; Precision Medicine; Primary Immune Deficiencies
 
 

Student & Alumni Stories in Microbiology and Immunology

Ellen T Arena

Alumni
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Elitza Tocheva

Alumni
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Olga Pena

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Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Mihai Cirstea

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Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Julia Huggins

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Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Isobel Mouat

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Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Raphael Roccor

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Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Morgan Alford

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Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)

Deanna Pepin

Student
Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology (PhD)
 
 

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