Research Projects

A research training program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases exists with opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This is supported by funds from both the COBRE and T32 Training Grant awards. In addition to studies of basic cellular and molecular immune mechanisms, there is a robust translational component performing vaccine trials.

Faculty Projects

  • Eyal Amiel, Ph.D. Bio
    Assistant Professor of Medical Laboratory Science
    Metabolic regulation of dendritic cells'
  • John Barlow, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences
    Mastitis epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance
  • Elizabeth Bonney, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Immune response in pregnancy
  • Jason Botten, Ph.D.  Bio; Lab
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Identification of the hantavirus-host interactome
  • Jonathan Boyson, Ph.D. Bio; Lab

    Associate Professor of Surgery
    Function and regulation of NKT cells
  • Ralph Budd, M.D. Bio; Lab
    Director of VCIID, Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Regulation of caspases in the immune system; Function of gamma/delta T cells
  • Iwona Buskiewicz, Ph.D. Bio
    Assistant Professor of Pathology
    Regulation of RIG-1 pathway in innate immunity of viral infections
  • Sean Diehl, Ph.D. Bio
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Human immunology; vaccine development
  • Julie Dragon, Ph.D. Bio
    Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Biology
    Bioinformatics
  • Sally Huber, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor Emeritus of Pathology
    Immune response to coxsackievirus infection; Gamma/delta T cell function
  • Christopher Huston, M.D. Bio; Lab
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Pathogenesis of Entamoeba histolytica; drug development for cryptosporidiosis
  • Beth D. Kirkpatrick, M.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Director, Vaccine Trials Center; Vacine development / human immunity

  • Dimitry Krementsov, Ph.D. Lab
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Autoimmunity, sex differences, neuroimmunology, multiple sclerosis,gene-by-environment interactions, microbiome

  •  Dwight Matthews, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Chemistry
    Director, Mass spectrometry core facility; Metabolism
  • Matthew Poynter, Ph.D.  Bio
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Airway epithelial regulation of pulmonary innate and adaptive immunity
  • Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Transcriptional regulation of genes; IL-6 function; Immune response to influenza

  • Cory Teuscher, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Medicine and Pathology
    Immunogenetics of autoimmune and infectious diseases
  • Markus Thali, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Associate Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    HIV infection
  • Gary Ward, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii
  • Matthew Wargo, Ph.D.  Bio
    Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Betaine regulation of pseudomonas virulence

Core Facilities

The VCIID has responsibility for, or contributes to, the following facilities at the College's Core Facilities, our campus-wide resources that provide researchers with the sophisticated equipment and methodologies that help expand their work.

  • Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Laboratory and Inhalation Facility
  • Flow Cytometry Facility
  • Molecular Bioinformatics Shared Resource (MBSR)
  • Transgenic Mouse Facility