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Microbiology-Immunology Master of Science (professional) Faculty

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​Associate Professor,
Director – Masters of Microbiology and Immunology Program (MS-B),
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
School of Biomedical Engineering

I’ve taught in the MIP MS-B program for the last 6 years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with the students both while they are in the program as well as after they’ve graduated and gone on to successful careers. I greatly enjoy discussing cutting-edge technologies and current issues in microbiology that affect our society with my students and helping my students learn how to become effective advocates for science in the wider community.

MIP MS-B Courses Taught

MIP 613 (Applied Microbiology and Virology)   Fall semesters
MIP 618 (Seminar)  Fall and Spring semesters
MIP 619 (Topics) Fall and Spring semesters
MIP 617 (Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases)  Spring semesters

Educational Background

University of Kansas : BS : 1997
Saint Louis University School of Medicine : PhD : 2002  

Research Interests

Virology, RNA biology, antiviral drug discovery, viral biochemistry, diagnostics development​

Professor,
Mycobacteria Research Laboratories,
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

 
I’ve taught in the MIP MS-B program since its inauguration 6 years ago.  I enjoy opening the eyes of future professionals to the wonders of immunology.  I feel highly rewarded seeing students moving on in their careers and their lives.  This program have demonstrated to advance professional frontiers and opportunities of students and for this the reason I look forward getting to know you in my classes next year.

MIP MS-B Courses Taught

MIP 612 (Applied Immunology) Spring semester
MIP 618 (Seminar) Fall
MIP 654 (BioEthics) Spring semester

Educational Background

Centro de Biologia Molecular, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain: PhD : 1990
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain: MS : 1985
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain: BS, Biology : 1982

Research Interests

Immunopathology, Therapies, drug development , animal models

Laboratory

My laboratory studies and tests efficacy of antimicrobial drugs and host directed therapies (HDT) for tuberculosis (TB) and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). We use animal models of TB and NTM to develop new therapeutics against the bacteria. Our approach also aims to delivery HDT via aerosol in combination with current TB chemotherapy. As a teaching faculty in the MIP, I teach and coordinate the course MIP612 “Applied Immunology” and participate in several other courses in immunology and training in immunological research methodologies. In addition, I train undergraduate, graduate students and postgraduate scientist in mycobacteria research. 

Assistant Professor,
Prion Research Center
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Center for Environmental Medicine

MIP Faculty Page
Publications​

I thoroughly enjoy teaching the MS-B graduate students. I love their enthusiasm to learn the subject at hand, engaging questions and camaraderie with classmates. I like to teach the technique so that it is relevant to the students’ future, engaging them by making experimental examples applicable to the daily life of a researcher and/or clinician.  The goal is to have the student to be able to not only follow a protocol but to understand the method for trouble-shooting and optimization scenarios.

MIP MS-B Courses Taught

MIP611 (Advanced Microbiology Research Methods)  Fall semesters; co-taught with Dr. Carol Wilusz

Educational Background

​Texas A&M University : BS - Biomedical Science : 2004
Colorado State University : PhD - Cell and Molecular Biology : 2009

Research Interests

Prion biology, protein misfolding, neurodegenerative diseases, aging therapeutics, cell replacement

Associate Professor,

Mycobacterial Research Laboratories
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

MIP Faculty Page
Publications​

I’ve taught in the MIP MS-B program for the last 6 years, and enjoy teaching advanced principles will be introduced and then applied to the clinical relevance in four segments of the academic preparation for the students: bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology.

MIP MS-B Courses Taught

MIP 618 (Seminar) Fall and Spring semesters
MIP 614 (Topics - Medical Microbiology) Spring semesters
MIP 617 (Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases) Spring semesters

Educational Background

Colorado State University: BS : 1992
University of London, School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: PhD : 2000

Research Interests

Mycobacteriology, Clinical immunology, Nontuberculosis mycobacteria, Vaccines, Compound treatment

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Assistant Professor,
Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

Secretary/Treasurer,
Rocky Mountain Virology Association, Inc.

MIP Faculty Page
Publications​

A key part of graduate education is the transition to independent thought and investigation of research topics, primarily through readings of the current literature and preparation to present and discuss the research topics.  In this course that includes current literature in virology and bacteriology and cell biology.  Infectious diseases are largely dependent on host cell function, so the lectures present broad coverage of cellular mechanisms in the context of their support of and response to viruses and bacteria.

MIP MS-B Courses Taught

MIP616 (Molecular Biology for the Microbiologist)  Fall semesters

Educational Background

Colorado State University : BS - Microbiology : 1982
Colorado State University : MS - Microbiology : 1989
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine : PhD : 1999

Research Interests

My research interests lie in virus control of host cell function, specifically virus control of host transcription.  The work was initiated with studies of oncogenic retroviruses, Bovine Leukemia Virus, Human T-cell Leukemia Virus and Walleye Dermal Sarcoma Virus, to identify viral mechanisms involved in host cell transformation and tumor formation.  It became clear that virus-encoded proteins control host gene expression through direct control of host proteins. 

I expanded this research based on to investigations of similar virus-control of transcription in herpesviruses, Bovine Lymphotropic Herpesvirus and Varicella Zoster Virus, and to Flaviviruses, dengue virus and Zika virus.​​​
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Professor,

Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology
Director, Program in Cell & Molecular Biology
Director, Molecular Quantification Core

MIP Faculty Page​
Publications

I’ve taught MIP611 Advanced Microbiological Research Methods since the inception of the MSB program in 2012. I aim to train students to think critically and engage in good practices for experimental design and interpretation.  The course is hard work but extremely useful for anyone who wishes to work in a laboratory or read a scientific paper.  I often receive emails from former students asking for copies of class materials or telling me how they are using what they learned in MIP611.

MIP MS-B Courses Taught

MIP611 (Advanced Microbiology Research Methods Fall semesters; co-taught with Dr. Julie Moreno

Educational Background

Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, UK : BS - Biochemistry : 1991
Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine, London, UK : PhD : 1995

Research Interests

RNA metabolism, pluripotency, RNA methylation, myotonic dystrophy

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