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Research Faculty

Alistair Ramsay, Ph.D.
LVC Director
Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: host immunity to intracellular pathogens, vaccine development, vaccine delivery technology

John Clements, Ph.D.
LVC Steering Committee
Professor and Chair, Microbiology & Immunology; Tulane University Health Sciences Center
Research Interests: adjuvants, bacterial pathogenesis, vaccine development, molecular aspects of the host-parasite relationship

Nirbhay Kumar, Ph.D.
LVC Steering Committee
Chair and Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Research Interests: malaria immunobiology and vaccine development; parasite-vector interactions

Tarun Mandal, Ph.D.
LVC Steering Committee
McCaffrey/Norwood Professor of Pharmacy Director, Center for Nanomedicine & Drug Delivery
Xavier University of Louisiana
Research Interests: pulmonary, oral, subcutaneous/intramuscular, and transdermal delivery of medicine using novel drug delivery and nanotechnology

Seth Pincus, MD
LVC Steering Committee
Professor, Department of Pediatrics & Microbiology & Nelson Ordway Professor of Pediatrics at LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: biologic effects of immunoglobulins; antibodies in infectious diseases

Askok Aiyar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Eptstein-Barr virus pathogenesis, gene expression and replication

Angela Amedee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: pathogenesis and mother-to-infant transmission of human and simian immunodeficiency viruses (HIV and SIV)

Gregory Bagby, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Physiology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: alcohol impact on SIV transmission, pathogenesis, progression and therapy, pulmonary host defense and sepsis, mechanisms and consequences of alcohol-induced immunosuppression

James Blanchard, DVM, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Chair, Division of Collaborative Research, TUNPRC
Research Interests: SIV/AIDS, nonhuman primate medicine                                                                                     

Jennifer Cameron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: DNA tumor pathogenesis, virus-host interactions, viral co-infections and impact on human health and development of diagnostic and prognostic cancer screening

Jim Cutler, Ph.D.
Professor, Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO;
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Tulane University HSC
Research Interests: Candida albicans and candidiasis, host-fungal relationships

Luis Del Valle, MD
Associate Professor, Pathology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Neurovirology

Peter Didier, DVM, Ph.D.
Veterinary Pathologist, Department of Tropical Medicine, TUHSC; Clinical Associate, Professor, Division of Comparative Pathology, TUNPRC
Research Interests: TB diagnosis, vaccines, and pathogenesis; West Nile virus pathogenesis; microsporidiosis drug testing model

Michael Ferris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: microbial ecology, molecular taxonomy, polymicrobial diseases, and bacterial vaginosis

Paul Fidel, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology; Director, Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology; Associate Dean for Research, LSU School of Dentistry, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: immunology, cellular and mucosal candidiasis, immunoregulation of recurrent vaginal or oral infection

Timothy Foster, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Cellular and molecular virus-host interactions that function to modulate host viral responses

Lucia Freytag, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Department of Microbiology and Immunology, TUHSC
Research Interests: Host-parasite interactions in fungal and bacterial infections, vaccines, adjuvants, immunity, pathogenesis

Robert Garry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, TUHSC
Research Interests: Virology, Molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis

Scott Grayson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tulane University
Research Interests: macromolecular architecture, material and medical applications

Paula Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Genetics, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Genetics Education

Michael Hagensee, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: human immune response against human papillomavirus, novel PCR techniques to detect HPV DNA

Kyle Happel, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care, Department of Internal Medicine, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: bacterial host defenses in the lungs, particularly the adaptive immune response

James Hill, Ph.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology, Pharmacology, Microbiology and Neuroscience LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Pathogenesis and chemotherapy of viral and bacterial keratitis; unique drug delivery systems

Jeffery Hobden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis; Pseudomonas aeruginosa ocular infections; antibiotic susceptibility testing; biofilms and orthotics

Vijay John, Ph.D.
Leo S. Weil Professor and Department Chair, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Tulane University
Research Interests: self-assembly and nanostructured materials, Polymer/nanoparticle composites, biomolecular materials, microemulsion systems, clathrate hydrate thermodynamics

Doug Johnston, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: fungal pathogenesis and human host response to bloodstream infection 

Deepak Kaushal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Bacteriology and Parasitology, TUNPRC
Research Interests: tuberculosis, bioinformatics

Ben Kelly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms required for parasite viability and virulence in leishmaniasis

K. Gus Kousoulas, Ph.D.
The Mary Louise Martin Professor of Virology, Director, Division of Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (BIOMMED), Director, LSU-Tulane Center for Experimental Infectious Disease Research, LSU
Research Interests: molecular basis of various diseases, development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases

Pamela Kozlowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: HIV vaccine development, HIV pathogenesis, and mucosal immunity to HIV

Andrew Lackner, DVM, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Comparative Pathology, TUNPRC
Research Interests: Pathogenesis of infectious diseases using NHPs                                   

Samuel J. Landry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Tulane University
Research Interests: protein folding and protein-protein interactions; molecular chaperone proteins; antigen processing 

Meng Luo, Ph.D.
Instructor-Research, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Human and animal microbiomes using next generation sequencing platform 454 GS FLX+

David Martin, MD
Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases; Harry E. Dascomb Professor of Medicine; Professor of Microbiology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: epidemiology, genital ulcer disease, Chlamydia trachomatis infection, Chlamydia pneumoniae infection

Carol Mason, MD
Professor of Medicine; Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy, MCLNO; Staff Physician, MCLNO, Ochsner
Research Interests: general pulmonary diseases; mechanisms of pulmonary host defense against infections

Christopher McGowin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC
Research Interests: Mucosal pathogenesis of Mycoplasma genitalium and other sexually transmitted infections

James McLachlan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, TUHSC
Research Interests: Bacterial Pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, adaptive immunity to infection, role of CD4+ T helper cells during infection and disease

Lisa Morici, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor; Department of Microbiology and Immunology; TUHSC
Research Interests: Bacterial pathogens capable of establishing chronic infections represent a significant challenge in the field of medical microbiology

Christopher N. Mores, SM, ScD
Associate Professor of Pathobiological Sciences; LSU-BR
Research Interests: Mechanisms and transmission of arboviruses

Steve Nelson, MD
Dean of LSUHSC School of Medicine; John H. Seabury Professor of Medicine; Professor of Physiology; Director and Principal Investigator, Alcohol Research Center, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: host defense; sepsis; cytokines

Mairi Noverr, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Oral and Cranoiofacial Biology LSUHSC-Dental School
Research Interests: investigating mechanisms of immunomodulation by the opportunistic yeast Candida albicans during host-pathogen infections

Bapi Pahar, DVM, MVSc, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Division of Comparative Pathology, TUNPRC
Research Interests: virus, AIDS, infectious diseases, mucosal immunology, memory B cells

Christopher Parsons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine and Microbiology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Clinical trials for cancer treatment and prevention in the setting of HIV infection

Francesca Peruzzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Signaling and molecular mechanisms of neurobiological dysfunction caused by HIV-1

Alison Quayle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Immunity to Chlamydia trachomatis in the human female genital tract, Chlamydia trachomatis persistence in the human female genital tract

Zhiqiang Qin, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus pathogenesis and tumorigenesis; virus-host interaction; virus-bacteria co-infection in immunocompromised patients; bacterial biofilms

Krzysztof Reiss, Ph.D.
Professor, Medicine, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: DNA repair and mutagenesis in medulloblastoma, molcular pathways in neurological cancer

James Robinson, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics at Tulane Hospital for Children, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics at Tulane Hospital for Children
Resaerch Interests: EBV and HIV Infections

Paulo Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Resaerch Interests: Modulation of cell signaling in leukemias by amino acid L-Arginine; mechanisms of T-cell suppression induced by tumors

Chad Roy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Division of Microbiology, TUNPRC
Research Interests: infectious disease aerobiology, transmissibility of disease

John Schieffellin, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Disease, TUHSC
Research Interests: pathogen-antibody interactions, neutralizing and enhancing antibodies that target dengue virus and B cell epitopes in Lassa fever

Judd Shellito, MD
Jim Lowenstein Professor of Medicine; Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Host defense mechanisms against pulmonary infection, AIDS and alcohol, consumption, occupational/environmental medicine, silicosis, asbestosis, malignant mesothelioma, inhalation lung injury, occupational asthma

Li Shen, MD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests; Molecular biology and pathogenesis of Chlamydia; global gene regulatory mechanisms

Joy Sturtevant, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Molecular Mycology

Christopher Taylor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: BioInformatics and Computational Biology specifically related to applications of high throughput sequencing

Fern Tsien, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Chromatin instability in lymphomas, Chromosomal instability in multipotent stem cells, Genetics education

Guoshun Wang, DVM, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Phagocytic Innate Immunity, Cystic Fibrosis, Gene Therapy and Stem Cells

Ping Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine, Research Institute for Children and LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: Cryptococcus neoformans; Signal transduction

David A Welsh, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: adult stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), emphysema, aging, HIV

Zezhang Tom Wen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Oral and Craniofacial Biology and Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: molecular characterization of oral biofilm and regulation of Streptococcus mutans pathogenicity

Arnold Zea, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Parasitology, LSUHSC-NO
Research Interests: cancer and tumor immunology, immunology of tuberculosis, biomarkers

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