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Chandra Shekhar Bakshi, DVM, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Post Doctoral Studies: Institute for Animal Health, Compton, UK; Albany Medical College, Albany, New York. DVM, Indian Veterianry Research Institute, India; College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University, India

Research/Interests - Immunopathogenesis of Francisella tularensis; defining virulence mechanisms and identification of F. tularensis encoded factors; improving therapeutics and effective vaccines against tularemia.


Ranjit Banerjee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1981, New York University

Research/Interests - Molecular biology and immunology of prostate cancer.


Debra Bessen, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Ph.D. 1987, The Rockefeller University New York

Research/Interests - Bacterial pathogenesis and evolution.


Doris J. Bucher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

B.S. 1963, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D. 1968, University of California at Berkeley

Research/Interests - Structure, function and immunochemistry of viral antigens.


Felipe C. Cabello, M.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

B.A. 1960, M.D. 1967; University of Chile

Research/Interests - Microbial genetics, infectious disease, recombinant DNA.


Jan Geliebter, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Ph.D.  State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn

Research/Interests – Molecular pathogenesis and biomarker discovery of thyroid cancer; antimicrobial products of natural materials


Carl V. Hamby, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

A.B. 1973, M.S. 1976, Ph.D. 1984, University of Missouri-Columbia

Research/Interests - Molecular biology and immunology of human tumors.


Dana Mordue, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

B.S. 1988, Mankato State University, Mankato MN; Ph.D. 1995, University of Iowa

Research/Interests - Molecular pathogenesis of protozoan parasites, innate immunity, functional genomics.


Mary M. Petzke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

B. A., 1990, Boston University, Boston, MA; Ph. D., 1996, Brown University, Providence, RI

Research/Interests - Cellular and molecular innate immune responses to bacterial infections, especially Lyme disease; mechanisms of immune subversion; and the use of functional genomics to profile the complex interactions occurring at the host/pathogen interface.


Irving Rappaport, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology

A.B. 1948, Cornell University; Ph.D. 1953, California Institute of Technology


Ira Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor of Medicine

B.S. 1968, City College of New York; Ph.D. 1973, City University of New York

Research/Interests - Molecular pathogenesis of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens, functional genomics.


Stephen J. Seligman, M.D.
Research Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

A.B. 1952, Harvard: M.D. 1956, New York University

Research/Interests - Flaviviral infections: fusion peptide of protein E and immunopathogenesis


Raj Tiwari, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Graduate Program Director

M.S. 1979, Ph.D. 1983, University of Calcutta, India

Research/Interests - Chemoprevention, tumor immunology and cancer therapy.


Secondary and Tertiary Appointments

Zbigniew Darzynkiewcz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Cancer Research Institute

M.D. 1960, Ph.D. 1966, University of Warsaw (Poland)

Research/Interests - Flow cytometry, DNA synthesis.


Raymond J. Dattwyler, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology


Bijan Safai, M.D.
Professor and Chairman of Dermatology
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

M.D. 1965, Tehran University, Iran; D.Sc. 1981, University of Goteberg, Sweden

Research/Interests - Pathophysiology and pathogenesis of skin diseases.