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


2016 HHMI Faculty Scholar

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

2007 Pew Scholar

Complete CV available here: http://bit.ly/2wPPZyn

Andrea Erickson, Ph.D., Research Scientist


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

Chris Robinson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


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

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

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

Current position:

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


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 Dohun Pyeon, 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


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

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


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.

Elizabeth Aguilera, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program


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

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

Current Members:

Lauren Luethy, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program


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

Mechanisms of viral transport in neurons.  

Current position: Press Editorial Acquisition Specialist, American Society for Microbiology

Broc McCune, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


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

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

Enteric virus evolution and host-pathogen interactions

Mikal Woods Acevedo, Graduate Student, Molecular Microbiology Program


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

Enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.

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


B.S. in Biology, Elon College, 2015

Genetics of enteric virus/intestinal microbiota interactions.

Katherine Mann, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


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

Arielle Woznica, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow


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

Metabolite control of viral infection

Y Nguyen, Ph.D., Research Scientist


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