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Selected Research Area: Microbiology and Immunology

The basic cell biology of bacteria and viruses determines how they grow and cause human disease.  In turn, the human immune system depends upon a highly orchestrated network of cells and signals that fight off pathogens without harming the host.  Members of the department are studying the basic mechanisms of these processes, including the cell biology of microbial growth and replication, the accurate control of lymphocyte gene expression, and how pathogens evade the immune system.

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Bacterial cell biology: cytoskeletal function during growth and division

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Exosome biogenesis and retrovirus budding

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Molecular dissection of host-pathogen interactions and the evolution of virulence strategies in natural reservoirs

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Functional Specificity and Design of Signal Transduction Pathways

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Understanding how the nuclear periphery and other subcompartments contribute to general nuclear architecture and to specific gene regulation

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