About Our Lab
We study the molecular pathogenesis of Legionella pneumophila, the bacterial agent of Legionnaires’ disease; molecular and cellular bases of intracellular infection of human macrophages by bacterial pathogens; identification and characterization of bacterial genes and gene products that promote virulence; analysis of bacterial iron acquisition, adherence to host cells, secretion of toxins and other virulence factors, and antibiotic resistance. Alongside studying Legionella pneumophila, we also study Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, an emerging, multi-drug resistant pathogen.
Check out our recent collaboration work with the Jensen Lab on Cryo-EM of Legionella Type 2 Secretion System. (Link)
Join us in welcoming Pingdong Liang PhD as a Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2019!
Congratulations to Meg Nas on being awarded her NIH NRSA F31 Pre-Doctoral Grant to study S. maltophilia Type 4 Secretion.
Congratulations to Brandi Cobe on being appointed to the NIH T32 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (CMBD) training grant and Alberto Lopez on being appointed to the NIH T32 Immunology & Molecular (Microbiology) Pathogenesis training grant!
Congratulations on Dr.Hilary Truchan’s new position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Dickinson College!
Welcome our newest graduate student Carlton Adams!
Congratulations to Jackson Campbell on presenting his fourth year seminar to the Micro-Immuno department!
Congratulations to the Lab and Lubov Grigoryeva on receiving a new NIH R21 grant to study L. pneumophila innate immunity.