Neal Silverman , Ph.D. (Medicine)
Immunology Program Director
Immune Signaling Pathways


Trudy G.Morrison, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
Virology Program Director
Glycoprotein processing and assembly; mechanisms of paramyxovirus membrane fusion.

 McCormick, Beth

Beth McCormick, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
Bacterial Pathogenesis Program Director
Investigation of the host-pathogen interface at mucosal surfaces.



Kate Fitzgerald, Ph.D. (Medicine)
Immunology and Microbiology Program Committee Chair
Anti-viral innate immune signaling.

Raffi Aroian, Ph.D.

Raffi V. Aroian, Ph.D. ( Molecular Medicine)
Infectious diseases and parasitic disease
Bailey Jeffrey Bailey, MD, Ph.D.(Division of Transfusion Medicine, Program for Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology)
Infectious disease genetics focused on copy number variation and malaria.
Samuel Behar, MD, PhD Samuel L. Behar, M.D., Ph.D. (Microbiology and Physiological Systems)
Innate and acquired immunity to Mycobacterium tuberculosis, with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms of host protection against disease.


Leslie J. Berg, Ph.D. (Pathology) 
Signal transduction proteins involved in T-cell development activitation 

Rita Bortell, Ph.D. (Medicine, Diabetes)
Pathogenesis of autoimmune diabetes.

Abraham Brass Abraham Brass, MD, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Physiological Systems)
Our lab studies host-viral interactions and the IFITM family of anti-viral proteins
Michael Brehm Michael Brehm, Ph.D. (Medicine, Diabetes)
Antiviral immunity, development of humanized mouse models.


Lisa A. Cavacini, Ph.D. (Medicine, Mass Biologics) 
Humoral immunity, and human monoclonal antibodies (HMab)
in particular, for infectious disease, cancer and
autoimmune disease.

Francis Ka-Ming Chan, Ph.D. (Pathology) Analysis of TNF receptor signaling in healthy and diseased immune systems.


Paul R. Clapham, Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine)
HIV receptors and cellular tropisms.


Maria Duenas-Decamp, Ph.D. ( Molecular Medicine)
HIV infection in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC)
Dutton Richard Dutton, Ph.D. (Pathology)
Generation and function of CD8 effector and memory T cells.

Francis A. Ennis, MD (Medicine)
Clinical and laboratory studies on the immune response of host to virus infections, emphasizing the role of cellular responses in viral infections.


Robert W. Finberg, M.D. (Medicine)
Host cell surface proteins and viruses; Cellular activation mediated by cell surface proteins.

Joyce Fingeroth
Joyce Fingeroth, M.D.  (Medicine)
Development of anti-viral approaches to gamma herpes virus infection
 Terry Flotte Terence Flotte, M.D. (Pediatrics, Microbiology & Physiological Systems , Dean's Office)
Adeno-associated virus vectors for gene therapy of single gene disorders.
GGao Guangping Gao, Ph.D. (Gene Therapy/ MaPS)
Parvovirus evolution, viral-host interactions and vectorology for gene transfer.

Manuel Garber, Ph.D. (Program in Molecular Medicine)
Bioinformatics; evolutionary history of lincRNAs; dissection of the transcriptional regulation of the immune response


Gazzinelli Ricardo Gazzinelli, D.Sc., D.V.M (Infectious Diseases and Immunology Medicine)
Cognate innate immune receptors and development of vaccines for protozoan parasites.

Rachel M. Gerstein, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems) 
B cell development, including aging; origins of B cell lymphoma; humoral immunity to bacterial pathogens

 Glew Richard Glew, M.D. (Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Immunology)
Vice Chair of Medicine for Undergraduate Education and Faculty Affairs

Jon D. Goguen, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
Function and regulation of virulence determinants in Yersinia pestis.


Douglas T. Golenbock, M.D. (Medicine)
Toll receptors; pathophysiology of sepsis and pelvic inflammatory disease.


Heinrich Gottlinger, Ph.D., M.D. (Program in Molecular Medicine; Program in Gene Function and Expression)
Molecular Biology of HIV-1.

Ellen Gravallese

Ellen M. Gravallese, M.D.  (Medicine)
Pathogenic mechanisms of inflammatory arthritis and the processes by which inflammation destroys cartilage and bone.
Green Sharone Green, M.D. (Center for Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research)
Immunity and pathogenesis of West Nile and dengue viruses.

Dale L. Greiner, Ph.D. (Medicine)
T cell development and regulation of autoimmune disorders.

David Grunwald 

David Grunwald, Ph.D. (Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
The interface between microscopy development and
(nuclear) cell biology,
with a strong focus on the
travels of mRNA and nucleocytoplasmic transport

John E. Harris, MD, .Ph.D., (Medicine, Division of Dermatology)
Understanding the pathogenesis of autoimmune vitiligo with a focus on developing new treatments.

Jun R. Huh, Ph.D.

Jun R. Huh, Ph.D., (Medicine)
Metabolites, nuclear recceptors, and immune cells
Huseby Eric Huseby, Ph.D. (Pathology)
Development of T cell tolerance of self and the autoimmune consequence of when it fails.

Duane Jenness, Ph.D.

Duane Jenness, Ph.D. (MaPS)
Cell-Surface Receptors in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Joonsoo Kang, Ph.D.(Pathology)
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of T cell lineage commitment.


Michelle Kelliher, Ph.D. (Molecular Genetics and Microbiology)
Apoptosis and cancer.


Hardy Kornfeld, MD (Medicine)
Host defense against respiratory pathogens.


Timothy F. Kowalik , Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
Cell activation and DNA viruses.

Kurt-Jones Evelyn Kurt-Jones, Ph.D. (Medicine)
Signaling by receptors on monocytes and macrophages that mediate the innate immune response to bacterial and viral infection.
ELatz Eicke Latz, MD, Ph.D. (Medicine, Infectious Disease)
Study of Mechanisms of Toll-like receptor and inflammasome activation and their role for sterile inflammatory diseases.
Leiter Edward Leiter, Ph.D. (Jackson Laboratory)
Genetics and Pathogenesis of Diabetes and Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Mice
Levitz Stuart M. Levitz, MD (Infectious Disease)
Host defenses against fungal infections, model vaccines exploiting mannosylation.
DLibraty Dan Libraty, MD (Infectious Disease), IGP
Studies of human cellular immune responses contributing to pathogenesis and/or protective immunityinemerging viral diseases.
ELien Egil Lien, Ph.D. (Medicine)
Pathogen recognition and evasion of innate immune signaling. Toll-like receptors.
CLilly Craig Lilly, MD (Medicine)
Mechanisms of airway inflammation, biomarkers of disease and critical care outcomes.
Vladimir Litvak, PhD Vladimir Litvak, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
Systems biology approaches to study the regulation of innate immune responses and anti-viral immunity

Shan Lu, MD, Ph.D. (Medicine)
Immunogenicity of protein and peptide antigens. Structure and function relationship of envelope proteins of the immunodeficiency viruses. Roles of cytokines and adjuvants in DNA immunization.

Jeremy Luban Jeremy Luban, MD (Program in Molecular Medicine)
HIV-1 replication, pathogenesis, and immunity

Elizabeth J. Luna, Ph.D. (Cell Biology)
Membrane skeletons in motile cells.


Katherine F. Ruiz de Luzuriaga, MD (Pediatrics)
Virology and immunology of early vertical HIV-1 infection andHIV-1 specific cytotoxic T cells in vertical infection.

PMandrekar Pranoti Mandrekar, Ph.D. (Medicine)
Signaling pathways in liver inflammation.
Anuja Matthew

Anuja Mathew Ph.D. (Medicine)
Immune Responses to Dengue Virus Infections


Ann Moormann Ann Moormann, Ph.D., MPH (Molecular Medicine)
Viral Immunology and Epidemiology


John P. Mordes, MD (Medicine)
We study the immunogenetics of autoimmune diabetes in rats and the human genome.

Kenan C. Murphy, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Physiological Systems)
Recombinogenetic engineering technologies for pathogenic bacteria

Peter Newburger Peter Newburger, MD (Pediatrics, Cancer Biology)
Neutrophil function and gene expression.

Read Pukkila-Worley M.D. (Medicine)
Innate Immunity and Host-Pathogen Interactions


SRam Sanjay Ram, MD (Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases)
Complement evasion strategies of microbes, with an emphasis on Neisseria meningitides and N. gonorrhoeae.
Rice Peter Rice, MD (Infectious Diseases and Immunology)
Host Interactions with Neisseriagonorrhoeae

Kenneth L. Rock, MD (Pathology)
Mechanisms to control display of foreign antigens to immune system.

Ann Marshak-Rothstein Ann Rothstein, Ph.D. (Medicine, Rheumatology)
Innate immune triggers of systemic autoimmune diseases.
Sassetti Christopher Sassetti, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Physiological Systems)
Molecular mechanisms underlying tuberculosis pathogenesis.

 Dorothy Schafer

Dorothy Schafer, Ph.D. (Neurobiology)
Neuron-Glia Interactions Regulating Synaptic Circuit Development and Plasticity 

Celia  Schifer


Celia A. Schiffer, Ph.D. (Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology)
Elucidating alterations in molecular recognition that allows drug resistance to HIV-1 and Hepatitis C virus

M Schmidt

Madelyn Schmidt, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems) 
Gene therapy approaches to treat genetic immunodeficiencies.

CSchrader Carol Schrader, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
DNA repair mechanisms in B cells that promote antibody class switch recombination and somatic hypermutation

Liisa K. Selin, MD (Pathology)
Mechanisms of viral immunology.

Davind Serreze David V Serreze BS, MS, Ph.D. (Medicine: Jackson Laboratory)
Genetic control mechanisms of immune tolerance and diabetes
Shulttz Leonard Shultz, PhD (Medicine: Jackson Laboratories)
Mouse Models for Human Immunological Diseases and Hematolymphoid Cell Engraftment.

Merav Socolovsky, Ph.D., MBBS (Cancer Biology)
Molecular mechanisms regulating the homeostasis of hematopoietic progenitors.

Erik Sontheimer

Erik J. Sontheimer, Ph.D. (RNA Therapeutics/Molecular Medicine)
Neural-immune interactions regulating brain plasticity

Lawrence Stern

Lawrence Stern, Ph.D. (Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Bioinformatics)
Molecular mechanisms of immune recognition, antigen presentation and T cell activation.

Swain Susan Swain, Ph.D. (Pathology)
Regulation of CD4 memory generation and strategies to compensate for defects that arise with Aging.
Gyongi Szabo

Gyongyi Szabo, M.D., Ph.D. (Medicine)
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of ethanol-induced monocyte aberrations in normals and immunosuppressed trauma patients; selective inhibition of antigen-specific T lymphocyte proliferation by acute ethanol exposure.


Eva Szomolanyi-Tsuda, M.D., (Pathology)
Interactions of viral gene products and host immune systems.


Masanori Terajima, MD, Ph.D.(Medicine)
Viral immuology

 Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson, Ph.D. (Biochemistyry & Molecular Pharmacology)
Techniques of chemical biology, biochemistry, and enzymology
to develop inhibitors/drugs targeting disease associated enzymes
as well as developing novel diagnostics for cancer

Volkert Michael R. Volkert, Ph.D. (Microbiology and Physiological Systems)
Oxidative stress resistance genes.
JWang Jennifer Wang, MD (Medicine, Infectious Disease)
Viral Immunology

Shixia  Wang

Shixia Wang, DVM, Ph.D. (Medicine)
Vaccine design and development against HIV, plague,
influenza and other emerging infectious dieases

Raymond M. Welsh, Ph.D.(Pathology; Microbiology and Physiological Systems)
Viral and tumor immunology.


Bruce A. Woda, MD (Pathology)
Transmembrane interactions of lymphocyte receptors with cytoskeletal elements; autoimmune diabetes.


Robert T. Woodland, Ph.D. (Microbiology & Physiological Systems)
Regulation of the immune response.


Maria Zapp, Ph.D. (Molecular Medicine)
Molecular mechanisms of mRNA export; functional gene transfer into human fetal hematopoietic stem cells.


For those UMMS faculty interested in becoming an Immunology and Microbiology Program Committee member,
please forward your full CV to Kate.Fitzgerald@umassmed.edu

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