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Faculty Members of the IHII (A - C)

Members of the Institute for Human Infections & Immunity are University of Texas Medical Branch faculty actively engaged in the study of infectious diseases and immunity.

Alphabetical Listing of IHII Members:  A - C  |  D - L  |  M - R  |  S - Z

Patricia Aguilar, PhD

Pathogenesis, vaccine development, virology
View Department of Pathology profile » My main research interest is to better understand the mechanisms that enable emerging viruses to evade host immune responses and cause disease, and to identify cellular factors that contribute to viral infection. The main research goal is to unravel the highly complex host-pathogen interaction and identify novel prophylactic and therapeutic strategies to combat these viral pathogens. 
IHII center affiliations: CBEID



Judith Aronson, MD

Clinical, pathogenesis, virology
View Department of Pathology profile » I have a long-standing interest in the study of pathogenesis of infectious diseases, particularly experimental animal models of acute viral diseases including viral hemorrhagic fevers and arbovirus encephalitides. Because of my training as a pathologist, I am most interested in disease mechanisms and tissue-based studies of infectious agent localization and host responses.
IHII center affiliations: CBEID, CTD



Xiaoyong Bao, PhD

Virology, vaccinology
View Department of Pediatrics profile »Dr. Bao's research focuses on host-virus interaction, particularly in the infection of RSF and hMPV, with the goal of generating suitable vaccine candidates to prevent paramyxovirus infection.




Dennis Bente, DVM, PhD

Virology, pathogenesis, viral hemorrhagic fevers, tick-borne viruses, vector biology, immunology, vaccine development
View Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile » My research focuses on tick-borne hemorrhagic fever viruses, including their pathogenesis, ecology, tick-virus interaction, and vaccine development. My main research interest is to better understand the mechanisms that enable tick-borne viruses to cause disease and to study the host-vector-pathogen interface.
IHII center affiliations: CBEID, SCVD

Suresh Bhavnani, PhD

Biomedical informatics, network visualization
View Institute for Translational Science profile » By using my experience in network visualization and analysis, I collaborate with researchers at the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity and the Galveston National Laboratory to analyze complex data related to infectious diseases, in addition to developing new methods that accelerate the translation of discoveries into effective treatments.





Allan Brasier, MD

Virology, systems biology
View Institute for Translational Sciences profile » My research focuses on the dynamic control of the innate immune response with particular emphasis on the NFkB signaling pathway. Specifically we are applying quantitative proteomics, chromatin immunoprecipitation-next generation sequencing, and dynamic imaging to understand the regulation and inhibition of the network in response to viruses and dsRNA.


Alexander Bukreyev, PhD

Antivirals, immunology, pathogenesis, vaccine development, virology
View Department of Pathology profile » Research in our laboratory focuses on development of vaccines against filoviruses Ebola and Marburg; investigation of mechanisms of their high pathogenicity; investigation of contribution of specific proteins and their functional domains using reverse genetics (i.e., generation of recombinant viruses from DNA); development small-molecule antivirals.
IHII center affiliations: CBEID, SCVD

Miguel Cabada, MD, MSc

View Department of Internal Medicine profile » Dr. Cabada’s research interests focus on neglected tropical diseases, their impact in impoverished groups, and new diagnostics methods for tropical illnesses. He works in Cusco, Peru, and heads the UPCH-UTMB Collaborative Research Center – Cusco. Currently, he is studying the impact of fascioliasis on children in impoverished Peruvian villages and working on developing new diagnostic methods for the infection.

William J. Calhoun, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAAAAI, FACAAI

View Department of Internal Medicine profile »My principal interests are the pathogenesis and management of obstructive airway diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We seek to understand the cytokine expression patterns that characterize specific molecular phenotypes of these diseases, and to define the role of glucocorticoid receptor dysfunction in the expression of severe asthma.


Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, PhD

View Department of Internal Medicine profile » Research interests include molecular biology and immunology of intestinal infections caused by protozoan and helminthes. Current projects at the lab: "Gene Expression in Human Intestines in Response to Cryptosporidium Infection" and "Point-of-care diagnostic tests for intestinal protozoa."


Teh-sheng Chan, MD, PhD

Professor Emeritus
View Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »


Ashok Chopra, PhD, CSc

Bacteriology, immunology, pathogenesis, vaccine development
View Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile » My research focuses on bacterial select agents and GI pathogens with specific emphasis on bacterial-host cell interaction, virulence factors/mechanisms associated with bacterial virulence, bases of molecular pathogenesis, development of live-attenuated and subunit vaccines, animal model development, and testing of new therapeutics and vaccines in animal models.
IHII center affiliations: CBEID, CTD, SCVD




 

Alphabetical Listing of IHII Members:  A - C  |  D - L  |  M - R  |  S - Z