School of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Available Research Opportunities

Laboratory Research Projects

Dr. Sankar Swaminathan

  1. Studies on the mechanisms by which Epstein-Barr virus modulates host cell RNA processing.
  2. Studies on the mechanism of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV) gene regulation.
  3. Studies on the interactions between the host innate immune response and oncogenic viruses.
  4. Effects of interferon-induced responses on virus reactivation from latency.
  5. Novel antiviral drug discovery. 

Dr. Kimberly Hanson

  1. Development of a nanotechnology-based platform for the diagnosis of invasive fungal and mycobacterial diseases.
  2. Evaluation of host genetic and immunologic risk-factors for the development of CMV disease after stem cell transplantation.

Dr. Daniel Leung - www.globalguthealth.org

  1. Cholera infection and vaccination in children
  2. Mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in enteric infection
  3. Immunology of environmental (tropical) enteropathy
  4. Post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome (PI-IBS) and enteropathy following long-term travel

Clinical Research Projects

Dr. Don Granger

  1. Arginine, nitric oxide, and severe malaria.
  2. Hyperphenylalaninemia in cerebral malaria.

Dr. John Kriesel

  1. Viral Triggers of MS.
  2. Genetics of Human Herpes.
  3. Point-of-Care STD Testing.