Faculty & Research

Aguirre De cubas Microbiology 2021

Aguirre De cubas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ferreira Leonardo Microbiology 2021

Leonardo M. R. Ferreira, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Designing and developing engineered immune cell therapies for autoimmune disease, cancer, and aging.

Radhika Gudi. Ph.D.

Radhika Gudi. Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Identifying the canonical and non-canonical regulatory mechanisms that contribute towards centrosome structure and function, endocytic vesicular trafficking pathways and tumor suppression

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Jeffrey Hammerbacher, AB

Research Assistant Professor
Immunology, data science, cancer immunology

Aziz Haque

Azizul Haque, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Antigen presentation, tumor immunobiology, inflammation, CNS disorders, autoimmunity.

Christina Voelkel-Johnson

Christina (Voelkel-)Johnson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Cell death, sphingolipids, oxidative stress, gene delivery.

Wei Jiang, M.D.

Wei Jiang, M.D.

HIV pathogenesis, toll-like receptor and innate immunity, sex differences in human immune responses, and lupus pathogenesis.

Laura Kasman

Laura Kasman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Medical Education Director for Microbiology and Immunology

Richard O'Neil Microbiology 2021

Richard O'Neil, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor   

Immune system in disease and treatment of disease. Specifically, we are interested in the role played by T cells and in developing ways to manipulate adaptive immunity, using engineered T cells as tools for therapy and for discovery.

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Sophie Paczesny, M.D., Ph.D.


Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation, cancer immune tumor microenvironment, inflammation, alarmins, T lymphocyte biology

Janardan Pandey

Janardan Pandey, Ph.D.

Allotypes, Fcgamma receptor genes, ADCC, humoral immunity.

Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt, Ph.D.

Controlling acquistion of hospital acquired infections, pandemic preparations and disaster preparedness, bacterial pathogenesis


Stephen Tomlinson, Ph.D.

Professor and Interim Chair for Research & Faculty Development
The complement system in inflammation, alloimmunity, cancer immunity and CNS injury.

Chentha Vasu

Chenthamarakshan Vasu, Ph.D.

Mucosal immunology, gut microbiota-host interactions, immune tolerance mechanisms, and targeted therapies for autoimmunity and inflammation.

Dual / Joint Faculty Members

Naren Banik, Ph.D. 
Professor of Medicine
Department of Neurosciences

Mindy Engevik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Regenerative Medicine

Ramin Eskandari, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics, and Surgery

Gary Gilkeson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine Research

Brian Hess, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Shikhar Mehrotra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Eric Meissner, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases

Paula Traktman, Ph.D.
Hirschmann EndowedProfessor
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Caroline Westwater, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Craniofacial Biology

John Wrangle, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Ozlem Yilmaz, DDS, Ph.D.
Oral Health Sciences

Adjunct Faculty Members

Carl Atkinson, Ph.D. University of Florida

Chrystal Paulos, Ph.D. Emory University Winship Cancer Institute

Mark Rubinstein, Ph.D. The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Emeritus Professors

Armand Glassman, M.D.

Tom Higerd, Ph.D.

Harold May, Ph.D.

James S. Norris, Ph.D.

Gary Paddock, Ph.D.

Gabriel Virella, M.D., Ph.D.

Cynthia F. Wright Ph.D.