Faculty in Infectious Diseases

Zaid Abdo

Zaid Abdo

Associate Professor (Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology) Ph.D. University of Idaho 2005. We collect the genetic data from microbial communities of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other organisms within a host or an environment. We also create the algorithms and computational tools to match them against databases and analyze the results. Our goal is to understand the nature, composition, and function of these communities.

Ramesh Akkina
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology); Ph.D. Minnesota 1982. Virology; AIDS gene therapy; stem cells; viral vectors; RNA therapuetics



BamburgJames Bamburg
Professor (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology); Ph.D. Wisconsin 1969. Regulation of the cytoskeleton in neuronal growth and pathfinding; signal transduction pathways regulating actin dynamics; abnormalities in actin behavior in neurodegenative diseases.




TB Research at Colorado State University John Belisle
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology). The provision of reagents and collaborations with other researchers through the Tubculosis Research Materials and Vaccine Testing Contract (NO1-AI-75320) The study of mycobacterial physiology and genetics.



Colorado State UniversityBrad Brolee
Assistant Professor (Microbiolgy, Immunology, and Pathology); Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison 2006. Regulation of bacterial pathogenesis in acute and chronic biofilm-associated infections. Development of therapeutic strategies to disrupt bacterial signaling systems.


Chen1Chaoping Chen
Associate Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology);Ph.D. Purdue University 1999. Molecular and Cell Biology of retrovirus assembly and budding.




Crick1Dean Crick
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology; Ph.D. University of Western Ontario.  Biochemical studies on the structure and biogenesis of the cell wall and lipids of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and to a lesser extent other bacteria and the laboratory also has a growing interest in metabolic studies of infected animals and the bacilli living in the lungs of infected animals.


Dow1Stephen W. Dow
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology and Clinical Sciences); Ph.D. Colorado State University, 1992.  Innate immunity and the lung; bacterial pathogenesis; cancer immunology; vaccines.



 Brian J. Geiss
Assistant Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology and Clinical Sciences); Ph.D. Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 2002.  Molecular virology and biochemistry of mosquito-borne Arboviruses. Molecular and biochemical analysis or Viral RNA camping, and Antiviral drug development.



Gonzalez-JuarreroMercedes Gonzalez-Juarrero
Associate Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology); Ph.D. Plum Island 1990.  Study of macrophages and dendritic cells during chronic inflammatory responses.



Kraft1Susan Kraft
Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences); Ph.D., Washington State University, 1991. Cancer imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and spectroscopy, radiation therapy and neuroradiology.



PeersenOlve B. Peersen
Professor (Biochemestry & Molecular Biology); Ph.D., Yale University, 1994. Structural and biophysical studies of viral polymerases and picornaviral replication complexes.



QuackenbushSandra L. Quackenbush
Associate Professor, Associate Department Head (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology); Ph.D.,Colorado State University. Viral pathogenesis, particularly viral-induced oncogenesis.



RossEric D. Ross
Associate Professor (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology); Ph.D. Mayo Clinic 2001. Yeast prions as a model for amyloid diseases.





Elizabeth Ryan
Assistant Professor (Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences); Ph.D. University of Rochester , 2006. Her research within the CSU Animal Cancer Center explores the interactions of diet and cancer and spans the fields of toxicology, immunology, oncology and nutrition. Dr. Ryan coordinates the Crops for Health Program at CSU, which is a unique trans disciplinary program with the goal of identifying health traits for plant foods that can be applied to crop improvement strategies around the world. Dr. Ryan collaborates with plant scientists and microbiologists to identify plant food components and intestinal microbial interactions that mitigate infectious and neoplastic disease processes. This work informs clinical nutrition studies in humans and animals for cancer control and prevention.


Slayden1Richard A. Slayden
Associate Professor (Microbiology, Immunology  Pathology); Ph.D. Colorado State University, 1997. Phenotypic differentiation and host-pathogen interactions to gain knowledge regarding pathogenesis and drug development.




Mark D. Stenglein
Assistant Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology); Ph.D. University of Minnesota. Virology. Computational Biology. Bioinformatics. Genomics. Virus discovery, Virus evolution.



Erica L. Suchman
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology  Pathology); Ph.D. California, Irvine 1994.  Effects of densonucleosis viruses on mosquitoes for use as possible biocontrol agents.



Telling1Glenn Telling
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology); Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, 1990.  Study the mechanism of prion replication, prion species barriers and strain diversity, and the molecular basis of inherited human prion diseases.



Vivanco1Jorge M. Vivanco
Professor (Horticulture & Landscape Architecture); Ph.D. Pennsylvania 1999.   Biochemical, molecular and metabolic profiling approaches to root exudations processes; biology and biochemistry of ribosome-inactivating proteins in plants.



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Carol J. Wilusz
Associate Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology); Ph.D Imerial College, London. Post-transcriptional control of gene expression in myotonic dystrophy. Interactions between viruses and the cellular mRNA decay machinery.



Wilusz JJeff Wilusz
Professor (Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology); Ph.D. Duke, 1985.    Mechanisms of regulated post-transcriptional control in mammalian cells




ZabelMark Zabel
Associate Professor (Microbiology, Immunoloby & Pathology); Ph.D. University of Utah 2001. Prion immunology.