Research

Research in the Department of Immunobiology focuses on the discovery of the principles that govern host-pathogen interactions. Our research is multidisciplinary in nature and studies the immune system and its pathologies as well as the life cycles of microbes and their interactions with host cells. In that context, we are investigating the molecular mechanisms that guide the induction of inflammation and anti-microbial immunity, the microbial mechanisms of infection and immune evasion, and the factors that control homeostasis and balance of the immune response. The overreaching goal of our research is to investigate of the rules of engagement that determine the outcome of host-pathogen interactions in order to find new strategies for the prevention and therapy of infectious, autoimmune, and malignant diseases.

Immunobiology Labs

Professor
Molecular basis of neonatal HIV infections
Associate Professor
To understand the basic biology of lymphocyte development
Associate Professor
Inflammation following brain injury
Professor
T cell-MHC interactions
Professor
Cell banking and regenerative medicine
Associate Professor
T cell activation
Professor and Department Head
Infection, immunity, and aging
Assistant Professor
Innate regulation of adaptive immunity
Professor
cell extrinsic signals to regulate metabolism
Assistant Professor
Innate immune signaling, intestinal inflammation and cancer
Associate Professor
Microbiota-dependent control of autoimmunity

Microbiology Labs

Associate Professor
Pathogenesis of human papillomavirus (HPV)
Professor
Cytomegalovirus latency
Assistant Professor, Immunobiology
Metallobiology of Microbial Pathogenesis
Associate Professor
Neuropathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii
Assistant Professor
Virus-induced changes of host cell metabolism
Professor
Mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and commensalism

Affiliated Labs

Professor
Virus structure, assembly, and DNA transport
Christy Harrison
Alumni
Professor
Immunotherapeutic approaches in bone marrow transplantation
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs - Development - Phoenix
Pulmonary Immunology and Diagnostics Research
Associate Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Mechanisms of antigen presentation
Associate Professor
Healthcare-associated infections; bacterial pathogenesis
Professor
Environmental and genetic regulation of allergic inflammation
Associate Professor
Bacterial pathogenesis; host-microbe interactions