Julie Pfeiffer, Ph.D., Principal Investigator: Julie.Pfeiffer@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.A. in Microbiology, Miami University, 1992-1996

Ph.D. in Microbiology (with Alice Telesnitsky, Ph.D.), University of Michigan, 1996-2001

Postdoctoral Fellow (with Karla Kirkegaard, Ph.D.), Stanford University, 2001-2005

Assistant Professor of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2006-2012

Associate Professor of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2012-2017

Professor of Microbiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2017-present

Kern and Marnie Wildenthal President’s Research Council Professorship, 2018-2023


2016 HHMI Faculty Scholar

2012 Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases

2007 Pew Scholar

Complete CV available here

Andrea Erickson, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Andrea.Erickson@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, 2001

Ph.D. in Microbiology (with Michael Gale, Ph.D.), UT Southwestern, 2008


RNA virus co-infection and evolution.

Chris Etheredge, Research Technician II

B.S. in Biology, Texas A&M University, 2003


Developing a model of transmission bottlenecks.


Current position: Mission work in Zambia

Karen Lancaster, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

B.S. in Neuroscience/Psychology, Denison University, 2005

Ph.D. in Microbiology, UT Southwestern, 2011


Neurotropic virus trafficking barriers.


Postdoctoral fellowship split between Fox Chase Cancer Center

(with Glenn Rall, Ph.D.) and Princeton University (with Lynn Enquist, Ph.D.)


Current position: Science Teacher, The Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr PA

Past Members:

Christina Yang, Undergraduate Summer Student (SURF Program)

University of Texas at Austin


Quantification of viral infectivity.


Current position: Medical School at UT Southwestern

Kristie Ibarra, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

B.S. in Microbiology, University of Texas at Arlington, 2004

Ph.D. in Microbiology, UT Southwestern, 2010


Ribavirin drug resistance and implications for HCV treatment response.


Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley (with Eva Harris, Ph.D.)

Current position: Research Scientist at 23andMe, Mountain View California.

Chris Robinson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Christopher.Robinson@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2003

Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology (with James Chodosh, M.D.), U of Oklahoma, 2011

NIDDK K01 grant, 2016-present


Sex bias in viral infections and enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions


Current position:

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University School of Medicine

https://micro.medicine.iu.edu/faculty/primary-faculty/christopher-robinson-ph-d/

Sharon Kuss, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program Sharon.Kuss@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biology, Angelo State University, 2002

Ph.D. in Microbiology, UT Southwestern, 2011


Host barriers and enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions. 


Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Southwestern (with Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D.)

Current position: Research Instructor at University of Colorado (with Marijke Keestra-Gounder, Ph.D.)

Marion Freistadt, summer sabbatical

Bruce Doxey, medical student summer research

Katarina Solberg-Spurger, STARS program summer research

Yao Wang, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Yao.Wang@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biological Science, Tsinghua University, 2011

Ph.D. in Microbiology, UT Southwestern, 2017


Enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.


Current position: PA school, Indiana.

Gavin Best, Research Technician II

B.S. in Biology, Duke University, 2010


Gut environment-enteric virus interactions.


Medical Student at UT San Antonio

Current position: Residency

Palmy Jesudhasan, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Palmy.Jesudhasan@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.Sc. in Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University

M.Sc. in Zoology, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Madras


Enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.


Current position: Research Scientist at UT Southwestern with Dustin Hancks, Ph.D.

https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/labs/hancks/

Elizabeth Aguilera, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Elizabeth.Aguilera@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Microbiology, University of Texas at El Paso, 2013

Ph.D. in Microbiology, UT Southwestern, 2018

NSF GRFP Fellow, 2014-2017


Enteric virus co-infection mechanisms and virus/microbiota interactions.


Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at UC Denver with Laurel Lenz, Ph.D.

Current Members:

Lauren Luethy, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Lauren.Luethy@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University, 2010

Ph.D. in Microbiology, UT Southwestern, 2015


Mechanisms of viral transport in neurons.  


Current position: AAAS Fellow, Pentagon (Previously: Press Editorial Acquisition Specialist, American Society for Microbiology).

Broc McCune, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Broc.McCune@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Molecular Biology, Brigham Young University, 2010

Ph.D. in Immunology (with Skip Virgin, M.D./Ph.D.), Washington University, 2016

NIAID F32 Fellow, 2018-present


Enteric virus evolution and host-pathogen interactions

Mikal Woods Acevedo, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Mikal.WoodsAcevedo@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Genetics, University of Puerto Rico/Aguadilla, 2015


Enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.

Matt Lanahan, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program/MOD track

Matthew.Lanahan@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biology, Elon College, 2015


Genetics of enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.

Katherine Mann, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Katherine.Mann@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Microbiology and Classical Languages & Literature, University of Maryland College Park, 2011

Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis (with Christina Stallings, Ph.D.), Washington University, 2017


Bacterial responses to enteric viruses


Current position: Food and Drug Administration Fellow, Silver Spring Maryland

Arielle Woznica, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Arielle.Woznica@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and English, University of Arizona Honors College, 2011

Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology (with Nicole King, Ph.D.), UC Berkeley, 2017

HHMI Hanna Gray Fellow, 2018-present


Innate immunity in choanoflagellates and Cnidarians

Y Nguyen, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Y.Nguyen@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biology, University of Michigan, 2007

Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology (with Vanessa Sperandio, Ph.D.), UT Southwestern, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow with Andrew Camilli, Ph.D., Tufts University/HHMI, 2014-2017


Virus-microbiota interactions


Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at U. South Florida with Mya Breitbart, Ph.D.

Hua Lu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Hua2.Lu@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biological Technology, University of Jinan, 2009

Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (with Cheng Jin, Ph.D.), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow (with Mark Lehrman, Ph.D.), UT Southwestern 2016-2018


Glycan-virus interactions

Robert Africa, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (2018 SURF)

Robert.Africa@UTSouthwestern.edu

Undergraduate, Baylor University


Characterization and culture of choanoflagellates.


Current position: Undergraduate, Baylor University

Carolyn Sturge, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Carolyn.Sturge@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology, Texas A&M, 2009

Ph.D. in Immunology (with Felix Yarovinksy, Ph.D.), UT Southwestern, 2014

Postdoctoral Fellow with David Greenberg, M.D., UT Southwestern, 2014-2018


Enteric virus-host interactions

Melissa Budicini, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program

Melissa.Budicini@UTSouthwestern.edu

B.S. in Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 2018


Enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.