Bacteria

Associate Professor, Plant Sciences, Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Member of the Graduate Faculty, Coordinator, Digital Learning and Online Education, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute

We are interested in understanding the genetic basis for bacterial interactions with other organisms (be they plants, insects, fungi, other bacteria), and on how evolution shapes these interactions. By better understanding the rules and molecules that structure such relationships, we hope to develop new ways to manipulate these interactions (e.g. through the development of specific antimicrobial compounds) or shape their evolutionary dynamics through time.

Professor, Plant Science, Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP, Regents Professor, Plant Sciences, Research Associate Professor, Entomology, Professor, BIO5 Institute

Unravel the phylodynamics and transmission-specific determinants of emerging plant virus/fastidious bacteria-insect vector complexes, and translate new knowledge to abate pathogen spread in food systems.

Assistant Professor, Gastrointestinal Microbiology, Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute
Associate Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Associate Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP, Associate Professor, Cancer Biology -, Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Associate Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Associate Professor, Public Health, Associate Professor, Statistics-GIDP, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Member of the Graduate Faculty, Director, Graduate Studies

We learn history from the genomes of humans, tumors, and other species. Our studies reveal how evolution works at the molecular level, offering fundamental insight into how humans and pathogens adapt to challenges.

Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences, Associate Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences, Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Entomology, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Chair, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute

Molly Hunter works to understand the role of heritable microbial symbionts in the biology of herbivorous arthropod, or pest biology. Current projects include: Investigating Rickettsia in the sweet potato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, and investigating interactions between Cardinium and Wolbachia, in whitefly parasitoids in the genus Encarsia and Eretmocerus.

Assistant Professor, Immunobiology, Assistant Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute, Member of the Graduate Faculty

Metals such as calcium and iron are essential to living organisms. Some metals in excess, like copper, are detrimental to bacteria. My laboratory studies this phenomenon in Streptococcus pneumoniae to find novels method for killing pathogenic bacteria.

Associate Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, Applied BioSciences - GIDP, Member of the Graduate Faculty, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Immunobiology, Director, Microbial Pathogenesis Program, Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Professor, Biochemistry/Molecular Biophysics, Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Professor, BIO5 Institute

How do bacteria "talk" to the body? How does the body reply to the microbe? How does this conversation affect your health and well being?

Assistant Professor, Ecosystem Genomics, Assistant Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering, Assistant Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Assistant Professor, Genetics - GIDP, Member of the Graduate Faculty, Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

We study the biodiversity, biogeography, evolutionary origins, and ecological roles of plant-associated microorganisms. We use a combination of traditional culture-based microbiology, functional assays, and next-generation 'omics tools to study microbial symbiont communities in diverse lineages of land plants at scales ranging from local to global. We are interested in characterizing the biotic and abiotic factors shaping the assembly of plant-associated fungal communities, how community structure and diversity impacts ecosystem function, and the evolutionary dynamics of fungal symbiont evolution in the context of closely related pathogens and saprotrophs.

Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Co-Director, Collaboratory for Anti-infectives & Therapeutics, Professor, Immunobiology, Professor, BIO5 Institute

Our research efforts focus on bacteria that cause serious healthcare-associated infections, and those associated with antibiotic use. This infections disproportiOur federally-funded research focuses on infection prevention. Specifically, we study diseases such as Clostridium difficile Infection that affect populations worldwide ("One-Health" issue). Our current efforts are aimed at translating bench-research findings to the bedside. We have recently been awarded two patents for a novel biologic agent invention aimed at preventing bacterial infections in humans as well as food animals.onately affect the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. One overarching goal of our studies is to develop safe, cost-effective, non-antibiotic interventions to prevent and treat bacterial diarrheas.

Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Associate Professor, BIO5 Institute, Co-Director, Collaboratory for Anti-infectives and Therapeutics

Around the world, diarrhea kills ninety children every hour. My laboratory uses the latest technology to understand how bacteria cause diarrhea in children. In addition to providing clues for new ways to prevent disease, our research helps us understand how the body maintains good health.

Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Director, Willed Body Program, Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP, Professor, Neuroscience - GIDP, Professor, BIO5 Institute