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Microbiology MS/PhD Program Faculty

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Rajeev Misra

Rajeev Misra is a microbial geneticist who studies how proteins, synthesized in the cytoplasm, are targeted to the bacterial outer membrane. He also examines the mechanisms of drug resistance.

LSE 407
Xuan Wang
Associate Professor

Wang is an applied microbiologist, working at the interface between microbial genetics and metabolic engineering to develop new microbial production processes.

Office 499E Biodesign C 1001 S. McAllister

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Microbiology (PhD)

The microbiology graduate program offers a dynamic research environment, broad range of basic, translational and use-...

Program Faculty

Morteza Abbaszadegan

Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology and engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at ASU.

Karen Anderson

Dr. Anderson is a tumor biologist who studies how the immune system can be harnessed to detect and alter cancer development.

Biodesign A220A 1001 S. McAllister Ave
Heather Bean
Assistant Professor

Bean applies bioanalytical chemistry methods to characterize microbial metabolomes and identify biomarkers of lung disease.

LSE 315 School of Life Sciences
Joseph Blattman
Associate Professor

Blattman is an immunologist who studies how the immune system responds to vaccination and viral infection.

Esther Borges Florsheim
Assistant Professor
727 E Tyler Street Rm A330B
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Associate Professor

Cadillo-Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes.

LSE 723 School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
Yung Chang

Chang is an immunologist who studies the development and function of the immune system and uses DNA nanostructure to design and construct more useful vaccines and immunotherapeutic agents.

Ferran Garcia-Pichel
Regents' Professor and Center Director

Garcia-Pichel is the Director of the Center for Applied and Fundamental Microbiomics. He studies the roles, adaptations and impacts of microbes in natural environments, from desert soils to shallow marine waters.

Gillian Gile
Associate Professor

Gile is an evolutionary microbiologist who studies single-celled eukaryotes (protists) and symbiosis.

Shelley Haydel
Professor; Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs

Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist investigating new antibiotics to fight resistant infections, new technologies to diagnose infections in less than 2 hours, and how bacteria cause disease in humans.

BDB 320A
Brenda Hogue

Hogue is a virologist who studies how coronaviruses, a large family of RNA viruses, that includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), assemble and cause disease.

Biodesign Institute A320D
Ian Hogue
Assistant Professor

Ian Hogue is a virologist who studies how alpha herpesviruses, including human Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (HSV-1), infects the nervous system.

Silvie Huijben
Asst Professor

Silvie Huijben is an evolutionary biologist who studies the evolutionary ecology of resistant organisms. Her aim is to optimize treatment strategies that minimize resistance evolution, with a focus on malaria.

Life Sciences C, 427 East Tyler Mall
Bertram Jacobs

Jacobs is an expert on a poxvirus called vaccinia. He has genetically engineered vaccinia as a vehicle against infectious agents, bioterrorism threats, cancer and other viruses, including HIV.

BDA 310C
Mark Jacobs
Vice Provost, Dean, Barrett Honors College, Professor

A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Jacobs is the author of more than 50 publications on the physiological and molecular control of plant development, He is also the dean of Barrett Honors College at ASU.

Sage North
Stephen Johnston

Johnston work focuses on innovative solutions to fundamental problems in biomedicine, including the development of a universal preventative cancer vaccine. He holds 20 patents.

Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Center Dir (ACD) & Professor

Krajmalnik-Brown's lab uses microbiological skills, genomic techniques and environmental engineering to study biodegradation of water contaminants, biotechnology for renewable bioenergy production and the gut microbiome.

BDA 210
Douglas lake
Associate Professor

Lake is a cellular and molecular immunologist who is working on biologic inhibitors of tumor cell metastasis. He is also developing a new test for Valley Fever that provides a diagnosis for patients with acute disease.

Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Bldg Room 2-113
Tsafrir Mor

Mor is a molecular biologist and biochemist whose research focuses on using plants to produce useful and therapeutic polypeptides, proteins and enzymes.

LSE 309
Yize Li
Assistant Professor

Li's research focuses on antiviral innate immunity.

Efrem Lim
Assistant Professor

Efrem Lim studies the role of the virome in human health and disease. His expertise is in the microbiome in mother-infant health and SARS-CoV-2.

Biodesign Institute, BDA 320B
Michael Lynch
Professor and Center Director

Lynch's research focuses on mechanisms of evolution at the gene, genomic, cellular, and phenotypic levels, with special attention being given to the roles of mutation, random genetic drift, and recombination.

Hugh Mason
Associate Professor

Hugh Mason was the first to publish peer-reviewed work on the use of plants for production of vaccine antigens.

LSE 323 (Ofc), 332 (Lab)
John McCutcheon
Associate Center Director & Professor

McCutcheon studies endosymbioses, or relationships where one cell lives inside the other. He and his group focus on bacterial infections that benefit—rather than harm—their hosts.

Grant McFadden
Center Director & Professor

Grant McFadden directs the Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) at ASU. The McFadden lab studies how poxviruses that cause immunosuppression interact with the host immune system.

Rajeev Misra

Rajeev Misra is a microbial geneticist who studies how proteins, synthesized in the cytoplasm, are targeted to the bacterial outer membrane. He also examines the mechanisms of drug resistance.

LSE 407
Susanne Neuer

Neuer is a biological oceanographer and plankton ecologist and studies the oceanic carbon cycle, particularly the role of plankton organisms in uptake and sequestration of anthropogenic carbon dioxide.

Arizona State University School of Life Sciences, LSE 421
Cheryl Nickerson

Cheryl Nickerson studies the effects of biomechanical forces on living cells, how this response is related to normal cellular homeostasis or infectious disease, and its translation to clinical and biotechnology applications.

BDB 340C
David Nielsen
Assistant Professor

Nielsen's research interests include developing microbial platforms and biotechnologies to convert renewable resources into useful fuels and chemicals.

Bruce Rittmann

Rittmann is director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology. He is an international leader in the use of microbial communities to provide services to society.

BDA 210B
Kerry Geiler-Samerotte
Assistant Professor

Geiler-Samerotte is an assistant professor in the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution and School of Life Sciences. Her lab investigates how basic features of cells influence the way those cells can evolve.

1001 S McAllister Ave Biodesign C
Yixin Shi
Associate Professor

Yixin Shi’s research is focused on molecular biology, bacteriology and biochemistry. Shi analyzes the virulent elements necessary for bacterial survival in host environments.

LSC 302
Everett Shock

Shock has appointments in the School of Molecular Sciences and School of Earth and Space Exploration and is director of the W. M. Keck Foundation Laboratory for Environmental Biogeochemistry at ASU.

Abhishek Shrivastava
Assistant Professor

Shrivastava uses biology, physics, and bioinformatics to find factors that shape spatial structure of the microbiome. His lab aims to find how changes in the microbiome correlate with the occurrence of diseases.

Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert
Asst Professor

Trembath-Reichert is a geobiologist studying microbial life in the deepest, darkest portions our planet to understand its limits, origins and extensibility beyond Earth.

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration ISTB4
Arvind Varsani
Associate Professor

Varsani is a molecular virologist who works across ecosystems from plants to animals and from the tropics to polar regions.

Wim Vermaas
Foundation Professor;Associate Director Research and Training Initiatives

Vermaas and his team conduct basic and applied research on cyanobacteria, a group of photosynthetic microbes, using these organisms as a chassis to produce useful compounds (biofuels, green chemicals) from sunlight and CO2.

LSE 549
Xuan Wang
Associate Professor

Wang is an applied microbiologist, working at the interface between microbial genetics and metabolic engineering to develop new microbial production processes.

Office 499E Biodesign C 1001 S. McAllister
Jeremy Wideman
Assistant Professor

Wideman strives to understand the emergence of complexity in eukaryote evolution. Using comparative genomics and cell biological approaches he reconstructs features of the last eukaryotic common ancestor.

Room 431 Biodesign Building C
Qiyun Zhu
Assistant Professor
727 E Tyler St