Faculty

Maneesh Dave, MD, MPH

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, microbiome studies, clinical trials, and developing next-generation tools that can predict/assess response to IBD therapies.

Michiko Shimoda, PhD

  • Assistant Adjunct Professor
  • Department of Dermatology
Research Interests: Immune modulation by environmental factors (natural glycans such as human milk glycans and pathogen components) and the impact on inflammatory diseases (autoimmune diseases and cancers).

Shirley Luckhart, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interests: the molecular cell biology and biochemistry of malaria parasite transmission, functional characterization of the immunological crosstalk and cell signaling that occurs between the mosquito and the mammalian host during bloodfeeding, and the impact of endemic co-infections on malaria parasite development and transmission.

William Ridgway, MD

  • Professor and Division Director
  • Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Research Interests: Genetics of autoimmunity and autoimmune phenotypes. The primary emphasis is on investigating mouse models of spontaneous polygenic autoimmune syndromes including Type one diabetes, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis and Relapsing Polychondritis.

Allison Ehrlich, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Research interests: mechanisms by which the environment influences susceptibility to immune-mediated disease; identify the mechanisms by which AhR activation leads to divergent CD4+ T cell fates, and test the hypothesis that the interaction between diverse AhR ligands, the host immune system, and the microbiome influences susceptibility to type 1 diabetes.

Andrew Vaughan, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department of Radiation Oncology
Research Interests: I am interested in the mechanism whereby fusion genes are created. Such genes are classically the driving element in leukemia. However, their significance is expanding to a wider field and such fused genes have been implicated in the development of prostate cancer (TMPRSS2-ERG). Understanding the mechanism behind their creation opens possibilities to suppress the disease they cause.

Jose Torres, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interests: Our laboratory is dedicated to the study of tumors that avoid recognition and elimination by the human immune system. We combine modulation of the immune system in the tumor environment with active immunization to treat metastatic cancer. This work involves design, development and testing of peptide immunogens from tumor specific and tumor associated antigens.