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  1. Christopher Myers, Physics

    Christopher Myers

    Title: Senior Research Associate/Adjunct Professor
    Department: Center for Advanced Computing/Physics

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

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

    My research spans infection biology across scales and systems, utilizing a variety of theoretical and computational approaches, such as: modeling of infectious disease dynamics in complex populations, networks and landscapes; characterizing the structure, function and evolution of cellular networks involved in pathogen virulence and host immune response, and; probing the logic of information processing underlying recognition, communication, disruption, and evasion in host-pathogen interactions.

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  2. Rebecca Nelson, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Rebecca Nelson

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

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

    Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Fungi, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Plant Hosts

    We study disease resistance in maize and sorghum with a substantial focus on fungal pathogens that produce toxins and cause large-scale food system contamination. We work at scales ranging from a single nucleotide (which genetic variations provide quantitative resistance) to whole-plant phenotypes (looking at tradeoffs between resistance mechanisms and other traits) to agroecologies (what environmental factors lead to plant stresses associated with mycotoxin outbreaks).

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  3. John Parker, Microbiology and Immunology

    John Parker

    Title: Associate Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology, Baker Institute of Animal Health

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor

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

    The Parker lab uses the mammalian orthoreovirus model system and other human viruses to study virus-host interactions at the molecular and cellular level. Current projects are focused on the mechanisms viruses use to overcome translational repression and optimize translation of viral mRNAs, as well as pathogenesis studies to understand the transcriptional response of infected tissues to viral infection.

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  4. Colin Parrish, Virology

    Colin Parrish

    Title: Professor
    Department: Baker Institute of Animal Health

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

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

    My laboratory studies viruses, with a particular focus on viruses that have jumped into new hosts to cause epidemics of disease. One model we study is canine parvovirus, which is a cat virus that transferred into dogs in the mid-1970s and subsequently caused a global pandemic of disease. Other viruses we study are the H3N8 and H3N2 canine influenza viruses, which transferred from horses or birds to dogs. Both caused an epidemic of canine disease for at least 15 years. Our work is defining the principles that underlie successful viral emergence, including risk factors associated with origins of new viruses in humans.

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  5. Teresa Pawlowska, Plant Pathoogy and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Teresa Pawlowska

    Title: Associate Professor, CIHMID REU Program Organizer
    Department: Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

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

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

    We study the mechanisms underlying ecological interactions between fungi and bacteria.  Student projects will focus on current work to characterize the bacteria associated with mycorrhizal fungi in poorly studied desert habitats in California and Israel. Students will learn culture and microscopy techniques, and phylogenetic analysis.

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  6. Joseph Peters, Microbiology

    Joe Peters

    Title: Professor
    Department: Microbiology

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

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

    The Peters lab studies microbial evolution via mobile genetic elements. We are interested in how mobile elements evolve new functions within host-associated bacteria. Students in the lab will develop skills in bioinformatics, molecular genetics, and biochemistry. An example student project is using sequencing data to characterize insertion sites of a transposon across a bacterial genome.

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  7. Professor Raina Plowright

    Raina Plowright

    Title: Professor
    Department: Public & Ecosystem Health; Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability

    Roles: Faculty Investigator, Potential Postdoc Mentor

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

    Our lab seeks to understand and prevent spillover of zoonotic pathogens from wildlife to other species. We develop the science of pandemic prevention through collaborative, transdisciplinary science. We work in the field, the lab, and in silico, all with a commitment to translate the science we develop to the public.

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  8. Angela Poole, Nutritional Sciences

    Angela Poole

    Title: Assistant Professor
    Department: Nutritional Sciences

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

    Research Areas: Microbiota and Microbiomes, Veterinary/Clinical Research

    The Poole Lab studies how factors like substrate availability and host genes influence the dynamics of symbiotic oral and gut microbial communities. Students will conduct in vitro studies on saliva samples to characterize the response of microbes to a panel of carbohydrate substrates. They will use bioinformatics to connect microbial community changes to host genetics.

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  9. Brian Rudd, Microbiology and Immunology

    Brian Rudd

    Title: Associate Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

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

    The Rudd lab is interested in how microbes alter immune development and how the adaptive immune system protects the host against acute and chronic pathogens.

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  10. David Russell, Microbiology and Immunology

    David Russell

    Title: Professor
    Department: Microbiology & Immunology

    Roles: Faculty Investigator

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

    My program is focused on drug discovery and the pathogenesis of infectious human disease. We work closely with the Gates Foundation and the California Institute for Biomedical Research to run high-throughput drug screening on Mycobacterium tuberculosis within the context of the host. We also have human subjects research programs in Malawi and South Africa that explore TB and HIV infections supported by the NIH and the Gates Foundation.

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