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.

MICRO Core Faculty

Vicki Auerbuch Stone Innate Immune Responses to the Human Pathogen Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
Manel Camps Use of Random Mutagenesis for Studies of Evolution and for Therapy
Karen Ottemann The Molecular Virulence Factors of Helicobacter pylori
Chad Saltikov Understanding the Molecular Biology and Ecology of Bacteria that Metabolize Toxic Metals
Donald Smith Neurotoxicity, cellular and organismal responses to environmental toxins
Fitnat Yildiz Molecular Mechanisms of Biofilm Formation in Vibrio cholerae

MICRO Affiliate Faculty

Manny Ares MCD Mechanisms of Splicing Regulation
Hinrich Boeger MCD Chromatin Structure and Gene Regulation   
Susan Carpenter MCD Long Noncoding RNA and Inflammation
Rebecca Dubois BME Structure, Function, and Engineering of Virus Proteins
Grant Hartzog MCD How Chromatin Influences Transcription
Rohinton Kamakaka MCD Chromosome Structure and Gene Regulation
Doug Kellogg MCD Control of Cell Growth and Size
Marm Kilpatrick EEB Ecology of Infections Diseases, Population Biology, and Conservation
Scott Lokey CHEM Chemical Biology, Cyclic Peptides, Small Molecule Screening 
Todd Lowe BME Computational and Experimental Discovery of Non-coding RNAs, Microbial Genomics, Extremophile Biology
John MacMillan CHEM Natural products chemistry, chemical biology, structural elucidation, cancer biology, microbial natural products
Glenn Millhauser CHEM Prions, Metallobiochemistry, Agouti and Melanocortin Signaling, Total Protein Synthesis
Harry Noller MCD Structure and Function of the Ribosome 
Carrie Partch CHEM
Molecular Mechanisms of Circadian Rhythmicity
Beth Shapiro EEB Inferring the Evolutionary Dynamics of Species and Populations Using Genome-scale Data Sampled Over Time
Marilou Sison-Mangus OCSCI Microbial Ecology, Evolutionary Biology
Bill Sullivan MCD Cell Cycle, Cytoskeleton, and Host-pathogen Interactions
Jordan Ward MCD
Probing C. elegans development, cellular differentiation, and parasitic disease
Yi Zuo MCD
Synapse Plasticity and Learning/Memory

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.