Microbiology and Immunology

Medical Students (M.D.)

Wei Jiang, M.D., M.S.


We conduct clinical/translational research using human blood and tissue samples. Main interests:

  1. B cell dysfunction and autoantibodies in HIV and SLE diseases.
  2. Microbiome, gut permeability, and systemic microbial translocation in HIV, SLE, and illicit drug abuse.
  3. Immunopathogenesis (HIV, SLE, drug abuse)
  4. Human translational clinical research using human blood and tissue samples. Animals are used in verifying the finding from human and for mechanistic studies.


Carsten Krieg, Ph.D.


The Translational Immunologists in the Krieg Lab are interested in defining disease promoting biomarkers in cancer and autoimmunity. We use high dimensional single cell technologies such as mass-cytometry-CyTOF and transcriptomic profiling to identify novel biomarkers mainly in primary human patient specimen. Having identified these biomarkers will allow us to define better (immuno-)therapies for patients. More details on the work of the Krieg lab can be found here: https://www.cktherapeutics.com/

Eric Meissner, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Microbiology/Immunology
Director of HIV and Hepatitis C Research and Clinical Services

The Division of Infectious Diseases within the Department of Medicine provides care for patients affected by chronic viral infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C. These are challenging patient populations for many reasons including medical and social issues. In order to provide the highest quality of care for our HIV and Hepatitis C cohorts, we maintain clinical database repositories. Information housed in the repositories includes demographics, clinical characteristics such as lab values, co-morbid conditions, and treatment regimens. Active clinical research projects suitable for students are:

  1. Analysis of the association of clinic visit adherence, depression, and alcohol use with HIV virology suppression.
  2. Analysis of clinical and demographic variables that predict successful linkage and presentation to care to ID clinic for HCV infection.

Christina Voelkel-Johnson, Ph.D.