Host Pathogen Immunity Researchers

The immune system is fundamentally evolved to protect against foreign pathogens and interact with the microbiome. Vanderbilt has a strong history of inquiry into mechanisms by which the immune system recognizes and eliminates pathogens. It is also now appreciated that the host microbiome plays a critical role to tune the immune response, control pathogenic bacteria, and maintain overall health.

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

 

David Michael Aronoff, M.D.

David Michael Aronoff, M.D..

Director, Division of Infectious Diseases

Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Addison B. Scoville Jr. Chair in Medicine

Mechanisms of bacterial immune evasion in the female reproductive tract

 

Manuel Ascano, Ph.D.

Manuel Ascano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Post-transcriptional gene regulation in innate immunity and cellular stress

 

Mark 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

 

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

 

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

James E. Crowe, M.D.

James E. Crowe, 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

 

Ivelin S. Georgiev, Ph.D.

Ivelin S. Georgiev, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Computational immunology and virology

 

Todd D. Giorgio, Ph.D.

Todd D. Giorgio, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor of Cancer Biology

Protease-responsive biosensors for siRNA and drug delivery in vitro and in vivo

 

Julian F. Hillyer, Ph.D.

Julián F. Hillyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Mosquito immunology and physiology

 

Johnathan M. Irish, Ph.D.

Jonathan M. Irish, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

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

 

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

 

John Joseph Karijolich, Ph.D.

John Joseph Karijolich, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

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

 

Andrew J. Link, Ph.D.

Andrew J. Link, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Functional genomics and systems biology analysis of the immune response and translation

 

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

Janet Markle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Inborn errors of immunity, Molecular and cellular immunology, pediatric immune-mediated diseases

 

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

 

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

 

Ana P. Serezani, Ph.D.

Ana P. Serezani, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine

Immunology, Inflammation, T cells, lung remodeling and fibrosis.

 

C. Henrique Serezani, Ph.D.

C. Henrique Serezani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Infectious Disease

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Understanding host defense in pre-existing inflammatory conditions

 

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

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

 

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

 

John T. Wilson, Ph.D.

John T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Enginering

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Polymer science, nanotechnology, immunobiology, colloid and surface engineering, cell engineering, and drug delivery

 

Ruben Barricarte, Ph.D.

Ruben Martinez Barricarte, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine;Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Immunogenetics, primary immunodeficiencies, inborn errors of Immunity and infectious diseases

 

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

 

 

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