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 Biomedical and Health Sciences
    Dendritic cell biology, immune cell metabolism, cell signaling networks

  • John Barlow, Ph.D. Bio
    Associate Professor of Animal & Veterinary Sciences
    Mastitis epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, global animal and public health

  • Elizabeth Bonney, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Pregnancy’s influence on T-cell regulation, the role of infection and innate immunity in preterm birth.

  • Jason Botten, Ph.D.  Bio; Lab
    Professor of Medicine
    Virus-host interaction

  • Jonathan Boyson, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Roger H. Allbee Professor of Surgery
    The regulation and function of innate-like T cells in the host immune response

  • Emily Bruce, Ph.D. 
    Understanding how viruses (arenaviruses, hantaviruses, influenza virus) interact with host cellular machinery to facilitate virus particle assembly and release and the identification of neutralizing antibodies against these viruses.

  • Ralph Budd, M.D. Bio; Lab
    Director of VCIID, University Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Regulation of caspases in the immune system; Function of gamma/delta T cells

  • Sean Diehl, Ph.D. Bio
    Associate Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Understand how infectious agents engage the human immune system and impart long-term memory

  • Julie Dragon, Ph.D. Bio
    Research Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Biology

  • Sally Huber, Ph.D. Bio
    Professor Emeritus of Pathology
    To determine how virus infections trigger the development of autoimmunity

  • Christopher Huston, M.D. Bio
    Professor of Medicine – Infectious Diseases
    Host-Pathogen Interactions of Intestinal Protozoa

  • Beth D. Kirkpatrick, M.D. Bio
    Professor and Chair of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Director, Translational Global Infectious Diseases Research Center (TGIR) COBRE and Vaccine Testing Center

  • Dimitry Krementsov, Ph.D. Bio
    Assistant Professor of Biomedical & Health Sciences
    Autoimmunity, microbiome, neuroimmunology, sex differences, multiple sclerosis, gene-by-environment interactions, virology, inflammatory bowel disease

  • Dwight Matthews, Ph.D. Bio
    Pomeroy Emeritus Professor of Chemistry
    Director, Mass spectrometry and proteomics core facility; Analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry, proteomics, metabolomics, stable isotope tracers, and in vivo metabolite flux and kinetic measurements

  • Matthew Poynter, Ph.D.  Bio
    Professor of Medicine
    Director, Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical Sciences program; Influences of pulmonary innate and adaptive immunity on respiratory health and disease

  • Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D. Bio; Lab
    Professor Emeritus 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 & Laboratory Medicine
    Immunogenetics of autoimmune and infectious diseases

  • Markus Thali, Ph.D. Bio
    Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    HIV infection

  • Gary Ward, Ph.D. Bio
    Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
    Pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii

  • Matthew Wargo, Ph.D.  Bio
    Associate 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
  • Vermont Integrated Genomics Resource (VIGR)
  • Mass Spectometry and Proteomics