Interviews with Fellows
Donald W. Schaffner, Ph.D., is Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. His research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment and predictive food microbiology.
David S. Stephens, M.D., is Vice President for Research in the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) at Emory University. In this position he oversees the WHSC research enterprise and leads planning activities that enhance research programs and collaborations throughout the WHSC and Emory University. His laboratory is an international leader in efforts to define the molecular basis for virulence and vaccines to prevent bacterial meningitis.
Michael G. Schmidt, Ph.D. is Professor and Vice Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology and Director, Office of Special Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. He leads a team of infectious disease specialists that are assessing the role of microbes in the acquisition of Hospital Acquired Infections.
Trudy G. Morrison, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her laboratory explores the molecular mechanisms of paramyxovirus entry into susceptible cells and the assembly and release of infectious virus from infected cells.
Daniel Goldberg is Professor of Medicine and Co-chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Professor of Molecular Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the biochemistry of malaria, particularly the organism Plasmodium faciparum, a protozoan parasite that causes malaria.
Marilyn Parsons, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Professional Development at the Seattle Biomedical Reearch Institute and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. Her research uses molecular approaches to identify important cellular differences between parasites and their human hosts that could lead to new therapies.
Irina Artsimovitch is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology at The Ohio State University. The focal point of the research in her lab is RNA polymerase (RNAP), the enzyme that is responsible for the first step in gene expression, mRNA synthesis.
Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Chief of the Division of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the role of the inate immune system in skin health and disease, focusing on antimicrobial peptides and aspects of the basic functions of the skin immune system.
Jeffrey Cohen is Chief of the Laboratory for Infectious Diseases (LID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Established in 1942, the LID has a long history of vaccine development and identification of new agents of viral diseases. LID is noted for undertaking high-risk, high-reward programs that require extraordinary time and resource commitments, such as programs to develop vaccines for viral hepatitis, severe childhood respiratory diseases, and viral gastroenteritis.
Timothy Cover is a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Research projects in his laboratory are focused on investigating molecular mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria cause disease in humans.
Erica Ollmann Saphire is a Professor in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science at The Scripps Research Institute. The goal of her lab's work is the improvement of public health, but their results also illuminate the transformations, functionalities and plasticity of proteins in general, with application to all of molecular biology.
Joshua Nosanchuk is an infectious disease physician in addition to being a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. His research focuses on the pathogenesis of human fungi, specifically Histoplasma capsulatum, Candida parapsilosis, and Cryptococcus neoformans as well as the use of nanoparticle therapeutics for wound healing.
Bernard Beall is the Director the Streptococcus Laboratory at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His laboratory routinely supports outbreak investigations of streptococcal strains, serves as a reference center for the identification and characterization of streptococci, and manages the Global Pneumococcal Strain Bank.
Suzanne Fleiszig is a professor of optometry and vision science and the Associate Dean for Basic Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Research in her laboratory focuses on the pathogenesis of bacterial infections using the cornea and opportunistic pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa as models of infection.