Microbial Biology and Pathogenesis (MICRO)


Fifteen faculty members from six departments participate in the MICRO training track. Their research covers numerous topics related bacteria, viruses and fungi, including bacterial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, the role of microbes in the environment, and basic microbial biology. Basic research utilizes diverse approaches, including biochemistry, genetics, genomics, ecology, and imaging to address questions at the forefront of microbial biology.

Vicki Auerbuch Stone Innate Immune Responses to the Human Pathogen Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Phil Berman Biotechnology and Infectious Diseases
Manel Camps Use of Random Mutagenesis for Studies of Evolution and for Therapy
Susan Carpenter Long Noncoding RNA and Innate Immunity
Rebecca Dubois Structure, Function, and Engineering of Virus Proteins
Doug Kellogg Control of Cell Growth and Size
Marm Kilpatrick Ecology of Infectious Diseases and Population Biology
Todd Lowe Computational and Experimental Discovery of Non-coding RNAs, Microbial Genomics, Extremophile Biology
Karen Ottemann The Molecular Virulence Factors of Helicobacter pylori
Chad Saltikov Understanding the Molecular Biology and Ecology of Bacteria that Metabolize Toxic Metals
Beth Shapiro Inferring the Evolutionary Dynamics of Species and Populations Using Genome-scale Data Sampled Over Time
Marilou Sison-Mangus Microbial Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
Bill Sullivan Cell Cycle, Cytoskeleton, and Host-pathogen Interactions
Fitnat Yildiz Molecular Mechanisms of Biofilm Formation in Vibrio cholerae
Jonathan Zehr Aquatic Microbial Ecology
nih UCSC's graduate  Program in Biomedical Sciences and Engineering is supported by training grants from the National Institute of General Medical Science and the National Human Genome Research Institute.