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.
Patricia Aguilar, PhDPathogenesis, 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
Bill Ameredes, PhDView Department of Internal Medicine profile »
Christine Arcari, PhD, MPHView Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health profile »
Judith Aronson, MDClinical, 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
Beth Auslander, PhDView Department of Pediatrics profile »
Eric Avery, MDView Institute for the Medical Humanities profile »
Xiaoyong Bao, PhDVirology, 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.
Alan Barrett, PhDView Department of Pathology profile »
David Beasley, PhDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Dennis Bente, DVM, PhDVirology, 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, PhDBiomedical 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.
Istvan Boldogh, DM&B, PhDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Paul Boor, MDView Department of Pathology profile »
Nigel Bourne, PhDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Donald Bouyer, PhDView Department of Pathology profile »
Allan Brasier, MDVirology, 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.
Werner Braun, PhDView Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology profile »
Alexander Bukreyev, PhDAntivirals, 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, MScView 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, FACAAIView 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.
Antonella Casola, MDView Department of Pediatrics profile »
Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, PhDView 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."
Lee-Nien Lillian Chan, PhDView Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology profile »
Teh-sheng Chan, MD, PhDProfessor Emeritus
View Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Tasnee Chonmaitree, MDView Department of Pediatrics profile »
Ashok Chopra, PhD, CScBacteriology, 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
Premkumar Christadoss, MDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Miles Cloyd, PhDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Yingzi Cong, PhDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »
Dorian Coppenhaver, PhDView Department of Microbiology & Immunology profile »