Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Host-Microbe Interactions and Pathogenesis

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Microbial infection is a complex process involving host invasion by the microbe, evasion of host defenses, and survival and replication of the microbe. At each stage, pathogens may exploit or subvert the host processes that can result in disease. Insights into how microbes interact with host cells and tissues and identification of the mechanisms by which pathogens cause disease is essential to developing treatments that reduce or cure the illness and death they cause.

Faculty and trainees in the host-microbe interactions and pathogenesis research area study all levels of microbe-host interactions, including mechanisms of host invasion, regulation of host physiology and cellular function, animal models of disease, and studies with humans. We exploit advanced in vitro model systems that recapitulate human disease and characterization of altered host pathways to identify targets to eliminate the pathogen or reduce disease severity. Our group studies a wide array of viral and bacterial pathogens, fungi and microbial parasites, as well as commensal host-microbe interactions that influence pathogenesis.

This research is supported by the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research (CMMR), the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center, the Biology of Inflammation Center, the Center for Comparative Medicine, and cores through the BCM Advanced Technology Cores.

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Profiles of Faculty Working on Host-Microbe Interactions and Pathogenesis

People
First Name
Robert
Middle Name
Legare
Last Name
Atmar
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
David
Middle Name
B.
Last Name
Bates
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Maria
Middle Name
Elena
Last Name
Bottazzi
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
First Name
Robert
Middle Name
Allen
Last Name
Britton
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Douglas
Middle Name
G
Last Name
Burrin
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Research Physiologist
First Name
Margaret
Middle Name
Ellen
Last Name
Conner
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
David
Middle Name
B
Last Name
Corry
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Mary
Middle Name
K.
Last Name
Estes
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Distinguished Service Professor
First Name
Christophe
Last Name
Herman
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Peter
Middle Name
Jay
Last Name
Hotez
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine
First Name
Joseph
Middle Name
Michael
Last Name
Hyser
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Kathryn
Middle Name
Marie
Last Name
Jones
Honorific Title
D.V.M., Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Farrah
Last Name
Kheradmand
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Jason
Middle Name
Thomas
Last Name
Kimata, PH.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Katherine
Middle Name
Yudeh
Last Name
King
Honorific Title
M.D., Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Ann
Middle Name
Marie
Last Name
Leen
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Katherine
Middle Name
Paige
Last Name
Lemon
Position
Senior Faculty
First Name
Paul
Middle Name
Dalling
Last Name
Ling
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Job
Middle Name
E.
Last Name
Lopez
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Anthony
Last Name
Maresso
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Pedro
Middle Name
A.
Last Name
Piedra
Honorific Title
M.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Robert
Middle Name
Franklin
Last Name
Ramig
First Name
Andrew
Middle Name
Patrick
Last Name
Rice
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Rebecca
Last Name
Rico-Hesse
Honorific Title
Ph.D., M.P.H.
Position
Professor
First Name
Cliona
Middle Name
M
Last Name
Rooney
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor
First Name
Buck
Last Name
Samuel
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Assistant Professor
First Name
Michael
Last Name
Scheurer
Honorific Title
Ph.D., M.P.H.
Position
Professor
First Name
Gad
Last Name
Shaulsky
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
First Name
Betty
Middle Name
L.
Last Name
Slagle
Honorific Title
Ph.D.
Position
Associate Professor
First Name
Francis
Middle Name
T.F.
Last Name
Tsai
Honorific Title
D.Phil.
Position
Professor
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