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Microbiology Track

Microbiology Track Leadership

  • Priti Kumar

    Director of Graduate Admissions, Microbiology Track

    Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases

    The Kumar laboratory conducts translational research with a main focus on the development of novel gene therapies for viral infections. Over the last 7 years as faculty at Yale, Dr. Kumar’s laboratory has been involved in understanding the pathogenesis of RNA viruses like HIV and West Nile virus in relevant small animal models and expanding research efforts for prevention and treatment of infections caused by these viruses. Notable advances from the group have been the development and testing of novel gene therapeutic strategies for HIV in humanized mice, with the goal of enabling in vivo gene therapy in humans.

  • Walther Mothes

    Director of Graduate Studies, Microbiology Track

    Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis; Co-Leader, Cancer Microbiology

    Dr. Mothes studied chemistry (Diploma 1993) and received a Ph.D. in cell biology (Humboldt-University Berlin, 1998) for his studies on protein secretion and membrane protein integration at the endoplasmic reticulum under the mentorship of Dr. Tom Rapoport at Harvard Medical School. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. John Young and James Cunningham on retroviral entry before he started his own laboratory at Yale University in 2001. Dr. Mothes was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and received Tenure in 2011.

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Faculty

  • Murat Acar

    Associate Professor of Molecular, Celluar and Developmental Biology

    Research Interests
    • Aging
    • Molecular Biology
    • Systems Biology
    • Gene Regulatory Networks
    • Synthetic Biology
  • Susan Baserga

    Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, of Genetics and of Therapeutic Radiology

    Research Interests
    • Organelle Biogenesis
    • Genetics
    • Molecular Biology
    • Ribonucleoproteins
    • Radiation Oncology
    • RNA Helicases
    • Genes, rRNA
  • Amy Bei

    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

    Research Interests
    • Africa
    • Ecology
    • Genetics
    • Genetics, Population
    • Senegal
    • Malaria, Falciparum
    • Molecular Epidemiology
    • Malaria Vaccines
    • Disease Transmission, Infectious
    • Genomics
    • Host-Pathogen Interactions
    • Adaptive Immunity
  • Choukri Ben Mamoun

    Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests
    • Babesiosis
    • Malaria
    • Opportunistic Infections
    • Protozoan Infections
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Ronald Breaker

    Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

    Research Interests
    • Bacteria
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology
    • Biotechnology
    • Fungi
    • Genetics, Microbial
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular Biology
    • Computational Biology
    • Genomics
    • Metabolomics
  • Richard Bucala

    Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Professor of Pathology and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Chief, Rheumatology, Allergy, & Immunology

    Research Interests
    • Africa
    • Epidemiology
    • Macrophage Migration-Inhibitory Factors
    • Malaria
    • Pathology
    • Public Health
    • Rheumatology
    • Stem Cells
    • Global Health
    • Communicable Diseases, Emerging
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Michael Cappello

    Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Chair, Council on African Studies, Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies; co-Director, Yale Africa Initiative

    Research Interests
    • Africa, Western
    • Developing Countries
    • Ghana
    • Hookworm Infections
    • Malaria
    • Microbiology
    • Pediatrics
    • Public Health
    • Tropical Medicine
    • Global Health
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Yung-Chi Cheng

    Henry Bronson Professor of Pharmacology; Chairman, Consortium for the Globalization of Chinese Medicine (CGCM)

    Research Interests
    • China
    • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
    • Hong Kong
    • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
    • Neoplasms by Histologic Type
    • Pharmacology
  • Jason Crawford

    Maxine F. Singer ’57 Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests
    • Bacteria
    • Chemistry
    • Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Peter Cresswell

    Eugene Higgins Professor of Immunobiology and Professor of Cell Biology

    Research Interests
    • Biology
    • Cell Biology
    • Endoplasmic Reticulum
    • Immunity
    • Major Histocompatibility Complex
  • Charles Dela Cruz

    Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Director, Center for Pulmonary Infection Research and Treatment (CPIRT)

    Research Interests
    • Respiratory Tract Infections
    • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
  • Daniel DiMaio

    Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology; Deputy Director, Yale Cancer Center

    Research Interests
    • DNA Virus Infections
    • Membrane Lipids
    • Neoplasms
    • Peptides
    • Proteins
    • Tumor Virus Infections
    • Virus Diseases
    • Polyomaviridae
    • Papillomaviridae
  • Erol Fikrig

    Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Section Chief, Infectious Diseases

    Research Interests
    • Bacteria
    • Epidemiology
    • Lyme Disease
    • Parasitology
    • Public Health
    • Ticks
    • Viruses
    • West Nile virus
    • Global Health
    • Ehrlichiosis
    • Borrelia burgdorferi
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
  • Richard Flavell

    Sterling Professor of Immunobiology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Research Interests
    • Biology
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • DNA, Recombinant
    • Immune System
    • Immunity
    • Lyme Disease
    • Autoimmunity
    • Gene Expression
    • Gene Transfer Techniques
    • Mice, Knockout
    • Cell Lineage
    • Lyme Neuroborreliosis
  • Ellen F Foxman

    Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Immunobiology

    Research Interests
    • Asthma
    • Bacterial Infections
    • Biology
    • Common Cold
    • Cell Biology
    • Diagnostic Techniques, Respiratory System
    • Environmental Health
    • Epithelial Cells
    • Histology
    • Immune System
    • Immunity, Innate
    • Interferons
    • Microbiology
    • Pathology
    • Respiratory System
    • Rhinovirus
    • RNA Virus Infections
    • RNA Viruses
    • Viruses, Unclassified
    • Virology
    • Immunity, Mucosal
    • Respiratory Mucosa
    • Genomics
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
    • Translational Medical Research
    • Epigenomics
    • Transcriptome
  • Jorge Galán

    Lucille P. Markey Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests
    • Bacteriology
    • Genetics, Microbial
    • Microbiology
    • Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment
  • Andrew Goodman

    C.N.H. Long Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Director of Microbial Sciences Institute

    Research Interests
    • Bacteria
    • Germ-Free Life
    • Symbiosis
    • Genomics
    • Microbial Consortia
    • Microbiota
  • Eduardo Groisman

    Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests
    • Ecology
    • Biological Evolution
    • Genetics
    • Signal Transduction
    • Infectious Disease Medicine
    • Microbiota
  • Stavroula Hatzios

    Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and of Chemistry

    Research Interests
    • Bacteria
    • Biochemistry
    • Enzyme Activation
    • Gastrointestinal Diseases
    • Microbiology
    • Host-Pathogen Interactions