Faculty

Christopher Aiken, PhD

Christopher Aiken, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Biochemistry and molecular biology of HIV infection; Antiviral mechanisms

 

Holly Algood, Ph.D.

Holly Algood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

 

Immune response to Helicobacter pylori

 

Manuel Ascano, PhD

Manuel Ascano, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Post-transcriptional gene regulation in innate immunity and cellular stress

 

Thomas M. Aune, Ph.D.

Thomas M. Aune, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Functional genomic and epigenetic approaches to understanding gene regulation

 

Justin M. Balko, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Justin M. Balko, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Division of Microbial Pathogenesis

 

Translational cancer research focused on molecular therapeutics, onco-immunology & bioinformatics

 

Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D.

Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacology

Director, Office of Medical Student Research

 

Mechanisms by which growth factors mediate and influence organ formation during embryogenesis

 

Ruben Martinez Barricarte, Ph.D., MSc

Ruben Martinez Barricarte, Ph.D., MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Genetics

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

 

Human immunology, human genetics, infectious diseases, molecular biology, primary immunodeficiencies (PID), immunogenetics

 

Julie A. Bastarache, M.D.

Julie A. Bastarache, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

 

Translational research in acute lung injury and sepsis focusing on molecular mechanisms

 

Megan Behringer, Ph.D.

Megan Behringer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Microbiology, Genomics, Evolution, Population Genetics

 

Julia K. Bohannon, Ph.D.

Julia K. Bohannon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Immunomodulatory therapies for the prevention of infection and sepsis following a severe burn injury

 

Rachel Henry Bonami, Ph.D.

Rachel Henry Bonami, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Rheumatology & Immunology

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Division of Microbial Pathogenesis

 

B cell, T cell, autoimmunity, type 1 diabetes, arthritis, microbiome

 

Mark R. Boothby, M.D., Ph.D.

Mark R. Boothby, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor of Medicine

 

Signal transduction, transcription regulation mechanisms

 

Seth R. Bordenstein, Ph.D.

Seth R. Bordenstein, Ph.D.

Centennial Professor of Biological Sciences

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Director, Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

Director, Vanderbilt Microbiome Initiative

 

Symbiosis, Microbiome, Virology, Evolution, Genomics, Origin of Species

 

Alan S. Boyd, M.D.

Alan S. Boyd, M.D.

Associate Professor of Dermatology

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Clinical dermatology, dermatopathology, cutaneous neoplasms

 

Benjamin Bratton, Ph.D.

Benjamin Bratton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

 

 

Mariana Xavier Byndloss, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Mariana Xavier Byndloss, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Linking gut microbiota, host metabolism, and disease

 

James E. Cassat, M.D., Ph.D.

James E. Cassat, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Director, Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

 

Interaction between host and pathogen during invasive bacterial infections

 

Sung Hoon Cho, Ph.D.

Sung Hoon Cho, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Immune response, cellular metabolism & tumor progression

 

Hernan Correa, M.D.

Hernán Correa, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Pediatric pathology

 

Timothy L. Cover, M.D.

Timothy L. Cover, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Bacteria-host interactions, bacterial toxins, helicobacter pylori, and gastric cancer

 

Leslie J. Crofford, M.D.

Leslie J. Crofford, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Director, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology

Wilson Family Chair in Medicine

 

Innate and acquired immunity in inflammatory arthritis, myositis, scleroderma, fibromyalgia, pain

 

James E. Crowe, Jr., M.D.

James E. Crowe, Jr., M.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Vaccine Center

Professor of Pediatrics

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Ann Scott Carell Chair

 

Human B cell and antibody responses to infections

 

Mark R. Denison, M.D.

Mark R. Denison, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Craig-Weaver Chair in Pediatics

 

Replication, cell biology, and pathogenesis of coronaviruses; emerging viruses in biodefense

 

S. Kent Dickeson, Ph.D.

S. Kent Dickeson, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Investigating the role of Factor XI in coagulation and thrombosis

 

Amanda C. Doran, Ph.D., M.D.

Amanda C. Doran, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Cellular-molecular biology of cardiometabolic disease.

Wonder Puryear Drake, M.D.

Wonder Puryear Drake, M.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Molecular biolody and immunopathogenesis of chronic inflammatory states, particularly sarcoidosis

 

Melissa A. Farrow, Ph.D.

Melissa A. Farrow, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Structure and function of large clostridial cytotoxins

 

Ivelin S. Georgiev, Ph.D.

Ivelin S. Georgiev, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Associate Director, Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

 

Computational immunology and virology

 

Jeremy Allen Goettel, Ph.D.

Jeremy Allen Goettel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Mechanisms regulating intestinal immunity

 

David W. Haas, M.D.

David W. Haas, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor of Pharmacology

 

AIDS, HIV, pharmacogenomics, tuberculosis

 

Maria Hadjifrangiskou, Ph.D.

Maria Hadjifrangiskou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor in Urology

Associate Director, Institute for Infection, Immunology and Inflammation

 

Bacterial Signal Transduction and Multicellular Behavior in Uropathogens

 

J. Harold Helderman, M.D.

J. Harold Helderman, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Growth factor and cytokine receptors on T lymphocytes

 

Billy G. Hudson, Ph.D.

Billy G. Hudson, Ph.D.

Elliott V. Newman Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor of Biochemistry

 

The structure and function of type IV collagen, the major constituent of basement membranes

 

Romney M. Humphries, Ph.D., D(ABMM), M(ASCP)

Romney M. Humphries, Ph.D., D(ABMM), M(ASCP)

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory

 

Antimicrobial resistance, Bacterial pathogenesis, Diagnostic testing, Clinical microbiology

 

Jonathan M. Irish, Ph.D.

Jonathan M. Irish, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Cancer, precision medicine, computational biology, machine learning, cell signaling, chemical biology, single cell tools

 

W. Gray Jerome, III, Ph.D.

W. Gray Jerome, III, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Cancer Biology

 

Atherosclerosis, lipid, cholesterol, macrophage

 

Joyce E. Johnson, M.D.

Joyce E. Johnson, M.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Interim Chief of Pediatric Pathology

 

Histopathology and immunopathology of pediatric viral pneumonias, etiology and pathogenesis of idiopathic interstitial lung diseases, cytologic diagnosis of disease

 

Sebastian Joyce, Ph.D.

Sebastian Joyce, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Dorothy B. and Theodore R. Austin Chair in Pathology

 

Antigen presentation and recognition by immune cells

 

Spyros A. Kalams, M.D.

Spyros A. Kalams, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Cellular immune responses directed against viral and bacterial pathogens; therapeutic immunization, HIV vaccines

 

John Karijolich, Ph.D.

John Karijolich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Biochemistry

 

Oncogenic Viruses, RNA-based mechanisms of antiviral and antitumor immunity, epigenomics, CRISPR screens

 

Tae Kon Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Tae Kon Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Hematology and Oncology

 

Heather K. Kroh, Ph.D.

Heather K. Kroh, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Neutralization of the Clostridium difficile toxins by antibodies and small molecule inhibitors

 

Dana Borden Lacy, Ph.D.

Dana Borden Lacy, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Edward and Nancy Fody Chair in Pathology

Professor of Biochemistry

 

Structures and molecular mechanisms of bacterial toxins

 

Deborah A. Lannigan, Ph.D.

Deborah A. Lannigan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Cancer Biology

Associate Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

 

Signaling pathways involved in mammary gland homeostasis and breast cancer

 

Amy S. Major, Ph.D.

Amy S. Major, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Immunological mechanisms of autoimmunity in atherosclerosis

 

Simon A. Mallal, M.B.B.S.

Simon A. Mallal, M.B.B.S.

Professor of Medicine

Major E.B. Stahlman Chair in Infectious Diseases and Inflammation

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Immunometabolism & Metabolic Diseases, Tumor Biology & Tumor Immunology

 

Janet Markle, Ph.D.

Janet Markle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Human immunology, genetics, T cells, innate immunity, flow and mass cytometry, host-microbe interactions, microbiome, bioinformatics

 

Houra Merrikh, Ph.D.

Houra Merrikh, Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

 

DNA replication, mutagenesis, and evolution

 

William M. Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

William M. Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Innate immunity initiated by activation of Toll-Like Receptor 3, next generation sequencing applications, pathogenesis of intracellular microbes

 

Daniel J. Moore, Ph.D., M.D.

Daniel J. Moore, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Immune regulation in autoimmunity and transplantation

 

Harold L. Moses, M.D.

Harold L. Moses, M.D.

Research Professor of Pharmacology

Professor of Cancer Biology, Emeritus

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Regulation of cell proliferation by growth factors, oncogenes, growth inhibitors and tumor suppressor genes

 

Dawn C. Newcomb, Ph.D.

Dawn C. Newcomb, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Estrogen, testosterone, sex hormones, T cells, innate lymphoid cells, asthma, allergy

 

Kristen M. Ogden, Ph.D.

Kristen M. Ogden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Innate immune responses to bacterial pathogens in the lung

 

Danyvid Olivares-Villagomez, Ph.D.

Danyvid Olivares-Villagomez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Mucosal immunology, IEL, iCD8alpha, osteopontin, granzyme

 

Kevin G. Osteen, Ph.D.

Kevin G. Osteen, Ph.D.

Pierre Soupart Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Reproductive medicine, human endometium, endometrial dysfunction, endometriosis, progesterone action

 

Richard M. Peek, Jr., M.D.

Richard M. Peek, Jr., M.D.

Director, Division of Gastroenterology

Mina Cobb Wallace Chair in Immunology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Pathogenesis, helicobacter pylori, gastric cancer, carcinogenesis, infectious disease, bacterial pathogenesis, inflammation, malignancy

 

John A. Phillips, III, M.D.

John A. Phillips, III, M.D.

David T. Karzon Chair in Pediatrics

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Molecular investigations of familial disorders

 

Heather H. Pua, Ph.D., M.D.

Heather H. Pua, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Lung, miRNA, exRNA (extracellular RNA), extracellular vesicles, allergy, asthma, Th2

 

Jeffrey C. Rathmell, Ph.D.

Jeffrey C. Rathmell, Ph.D.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Immunobiology

Director, Vanderbilt Center for Immunobiology

 

T cell metabolism in inflammation and anti-tumor immunity

 

Louise A. Rollins-Smith, Ph.D.

Louise A. Rollins-Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Professor of Pediatrics

 

Amphibian immune defenses against an ancient fungal pathogen

 

Eben Rosenthal, M.D.

Eben Rosenthal, M.D.

Guy M. Maness Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

 

Jonathan E. Schmitz, Ph.D., M.D.

Jonathan E. Schmitz, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Clinical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Opportunistic pathogens, Microbe-microbe interactions, Personalized microbiology, Urinary tract infections

 

Jonathan G. Schoenecker, Ph.D., M.D.

Jonathan G. Schoenecker, Ph.D., M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Jeffrey W. Mast Chair in Orthopaedics Trauma and Hip Surgery

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

 

The role of coagulation in normal and pathologic orthopaedic related wounds

 

Herbert S. Schwartz, M.D.

Herbert S. Schwartz, M.D.

Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Dan Spengler, M.D., Chair in Orthopaedics

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Proteomics of sarcomas, bone metastasis and tissue engineering

 

C. Henrique Serezani, Ph.D.

C. Henrique Serezani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Understanding host defense in pre-existing inflammatory conditions

 

Edward R. Sherwood, Ph.D., M.D.

Edward R. Sherwood, Ph.D., M.D.

Corneilius Vanderbilt Chair in Anesthesiology

Professor of Anesthesiology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Mechanisms of sepsis-induced systemic inflammation and organ injury with emphasis on the roles of natural killer (NK) and T lymphocytes

 

Eric P. Skaar, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Eric P. Skaar, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation

Director, Division of Molecular Pathogenesis

Ernest W. Goodpasture Chair in Pathology

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

 

Factors and processes involved in the battle for metal between bacterial pathogens and their hosts

 

Gregory A. Sowd, Ph.D.

Gregory A. Sowd, Ph.D.

Research Instructor Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

 

 

 

Genomics, molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry of HIV-1 infection

 

Benjamin W. Spiller, Ph.D.

Benjamin W. Spiller, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Structural Biology of virulence factors, host-pathogen relationship, and cytoskeletal regulation

 

Subramaniam Sriram, M.B.B.S.

Subramaniam Sriram, M.B.B.S.

Professor of Neurology

William C. Weaver III Chair in Neurology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Mechanism of CNS demyelination

 

Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.

Mildred T. Stahlman, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Neonatal pulmonary pathology

 

James W. Thomas II, M.D.

James W. Thomas II, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Mechanisms that regulate immune tolerance and why they fail in autoimmune disorders such at type 1 diabetes

 

Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D.

Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D.

Elizabeth and John Shapiro Chair

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Role of innate-type regulatory lymphocytes in health and chronic inflammatory diseases

 

Ingrid M. Verhamme, Ph.D.

Ingrid M. Verhamme, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Regulation of blood coagulation proteolytic enzymes

 

Lorraine B Ware, M.D.

Lorraine B Ware, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Translational research in acute lung injury and lung transplantation

 

Alissa M. Weaver, Ph.D., M.D.

Alissa M. Weaver, Ph.D., M.D.

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair

Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Cancer invasion, membrane trafficking, cytoskeleton, systems biology, secreted exosomes, extracellular RNA

 

Vivian Lee Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

Vivian Lee Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Molecular and immunologic mechanisms of thyroid cancer invasion and metastasis

 

Keith T. Wilson, M.D.

Keith T. Wilson, M.D.

Thomas F. Frist Sr. Chair in Medicine

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Host immune response to the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori

 

Lan Wu, M.D.

Lan Wu, M.D.

Research Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Interactions between the immune and metabolic systems, whole body metabolism

 

Haichun Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Haichun Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Instructor in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Research Instructor in Pediatrics

 

Wenhan Zhu Ph.D.

Wenhan Zhu Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

 

Resilience mechanism of gut commensals, metabolic targeting of gut microbes to promote commensal resilience, and the roles of bacterial toxin in promoting colorectal cancer development

 

Sandra S. Zinkel, Ph.D., M.D.

Sandra S. Zinkel, Ph.D., M.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Associate Professor of Cancer Biology

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

 

Mechanisms by which normal and malignant cells regulate programed cell death or apoptosis following DNA damage