Infectious Disease and Host-Pathogen Interaction

A major interest is the study of infectious organisms—bacterial, viral and parasitic—and the immune response to them. A great deal of effort is directed toward understanding the way in which the immune system recognizes and elicits an immune response against the pathogens. In addition, there is a strong interest in developing strategies used by infectious agents to avoid the immune system. HIV, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) herpes simplex virus (HSV), lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), West Nile virus (WNV), influenza, vaccinia virus (VV), parvoviruses, Candida albicansBorrelia burgdorferi(the causative agent of Lyme Disease), Listeria monocytogenesLeishmaniaStreptococcus pneumoniae, and Legionella pneumophila are all under study.