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  1. Hector Aguilar-Carreno

    Title: Associate Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology, CVM

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor, Potential Undergraduate Mentor

    Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Veterinary/Clinical Research

    The main focus of our research program is to elucidate key mechanistic components in enveloped viruses and their host cells that: 1) mediate viral entry into cells, 2) elicit cell immune responses, and 3) mediate viral egress from cells. These studies are leading to the development of diagnostic tools, new techniques, antiviral agents, and vaccines. Within the enveloped viruses, we focus a significant portion of our efforts on deadly zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential, such as Nipah, Hendra, influenza, and the coronaviruses.  

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  2. Esther Angert

    Title: Professor, CALS Associate Dean
    Department: Microbiology

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential MFF (REU) Host

    Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Bacteria, Disease Ecology and Evolution, Microbiota and Microbiomes

    Our research explores the impact of host behavior and nutritional needs on the evolution of intestinal symbionts. Current projects include the study of signals that coordinate the physiology and development of intestinal bacteria with the feeding activity of their host. We are also interested in the roles microbes play in providing nutritionally important organic molecules to herbivorous hosts.

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  3. Avery August

    Title: HHMI Professor and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology, CVM

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

    Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Bacteria, Disease Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Viruses

    The August lab is interested in infection-based and environment signals that trigger inflammation. We are particularly interested in signals regulated by the Tec family kinases, and how they regulate activation of cells such as mast cells and T cells to drive their differentiation and production of inflammatory cytokines.

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  4. Gary Blissard, Boyce Thompson Institute

    Gary Blissard

    Title: Professor
    Department: Boyce-Thompson Institute, Microbiology & Immunology

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

    Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Animal Hosts, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Viruses

    The Blissard lab addresses fundamental questions on the biology and pathology of virus-insect interactions. A primary focus is the study of viral envelope glycoproteins and their interactions with host insect cells and cell proteins during viral entry and egress. Another focus are is understanding the gene expression program of the insect pathogenic virus, Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) and the transcriptional responses of the host insect cell.

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  5. Adam Bognadove, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Adam Bogdanove

    Title: Professor
    Department: Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential MFF (REU) Host, Potential Postdoc Mentor

    Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Bacteria, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts

    Our research centers on crop diseases caused by bacteria in the genus Xanthomonas, focusing on TAL effector proteins injected by the bacteria to manipulate expression of specific host genes important for disease development. Our lab also studies plant disease resistance mechanisms triggered by TAL effectors in some host genotypes, and, to understand TAL effector origins and evolution, we study TAL effector like-proteins in other biological systems.

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  6. Ilana Brito

    Title: Professor
    Department: BME

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor

    Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Disease Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes

    I study how microbes in the human microbiome are transmitted among individuals, using a wide range of approached including shotgun metagenomics of microbiome communities, culture-based methods, and single-cell analyses. Another main focus is horizontal transmission of genes between members of the microbiome, specifically focusing on genes conferring antibiotic resistance.

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  7. Nicholas Buchon, Department of Entomology

    Nicolas Buchon

    Title: Associate Professor
    Department: Entomology

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor

    Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Bacteria, Disease Ecology and Evolution, Fungi, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Veterinary/Clinical Research, Viruses

    The Buchon lab focuses on the impact of pathogens and the microbiota on body homeostasis. We use systemic infection as a model for septicemia, and the gut response to infection as a model for mucosal immunity. Genomic and genetic approaches allow us to characterize new pathways involved in both resistance and tolerance to infection. Specifically, we are interested in the three-way dialogue between gut microbes, intestinal stem cells, and gut structure and function.

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  8. Dan Buckley, Soil and Crop Sciences

    Dan Buckley

    Title: Professor
    Department: School of Integrated Plant Science

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

    Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Bacteria, Fungi, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts, Viruses

    My research program explores soil microbiome dynamics and their impacts on ecosystem health, the plants we grow, the water we drink, and the air we breath. We use genomic approaches to examine the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that regulate microbial diversity and its impact on our world.

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  9. Clare Casteel, PPPMB

    Clare Casteel

    Title: Associate Professor
    Department: School of Integrated Plant Science

    Roles: Potential Undergraduate Mentor

    Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Disease Ecology and Evolution, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts, Viruses

    Numerous studies demonstrate that vector-borne pathogens influence host characteristics, resulting in altered host-vector interactions and enhanced transmission. We seek to determine the molecular mechanisms that underlie this phenomenon and use this knowledge to develop innovative control strategies using genetic and biochemical approaches. Current focuses are on changes in plant signaling and defenses, cell biology, and protein functions in response to insect vectors.

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  10. Pamela Chang, Immunology and Chemical Biology

    Pamela Chang

    Title: Assistant Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology, CVM

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor

    Research Areas: Animal Hosts, Bacteria, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes

    Our research focuses primarily on three areas:

    1. We develop activity-based probes to understand the metabolic activity catalyzed by the gut microbiome during different disease states.
    2. We also characterize the small-molecule metabolites produced by the gut microbiota that regulate inflammation during inflammatory diseases and host defense during infection with enteric pathogens.
    3. Building on these discoveries, we develop chemical tools to modulate the immune response using photo-immune modulators to understand the roles of specific immune cell types in vivo.

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