Molecular characterization/analysis of viral proteins important in signal transduction in herpes simplex virus, varicella-zoster virus and pseudorabies virus.
Virus-host interactions focusing on the immunobiology of antigen presenting cells.
Eric B. Carstens
Cellular and molecular biology of viral replication, including roles and interactions of viral and host cell components in viral replication, diversity within a host and host range.
Functions, mechanisms of activation and lineage relationships of immune competent cell populations that home to the maternal-fetal interface during mammalian pregnancy.
Cell culture engineering, protein expression, partitioning bioreactors for biosynthesis and bioremediation, bioprocess development, modeling and simulation of bioreactors.
The role of scatter factor/HGF autocrine loops, and cell adhesion-based signaling cascades in the development of invasive breast cancer.
Dr. Ellis’ research programs currently focuses on the development of biomarkers predictive of future atopy in umbilical cord blood as well as local and systemic mechanisms of allergic rhinitis. She is affiliated with AllerGen, a National Centres of Excellence in allergic diseases and is also involved in clinical trials utilizing the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU) at Kingston General Hospital.
Clinical trials of new antimicrobials for use in the treatment of human infectious diseases. Antimicrobial therapy of community-acquired pneumonia and human herpesvirus infections.
Ken F. Jarrell
The unique flagella of methanogenic archaea, from physiological, ultrastructural and genetic aspects.
The main interest of our lab is on how cytokine expression and function is regulation during infection and inflammatory responses in human immune system cells.
Nancy L. MartinUnderstanding how Salmonella typhimurium, a common cause of food poisoning, senses and adapts to changes in environments relevant to infection.
Our lab is interested in the study of commensal bacteria, probiotics and the effects of intestinal bacteria on inflammation, to better understand the protective role of commensal gut flora under conditions of inflammation and stress.
Bacterial multidrug efflux pumps and their role in antibiotic and biocide resistance and treatment failure. Role of iron transport in the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Signal transduction in cell transformation and adipocytic differentiation.
Myron R. Szewczuk
Mechanisms of activity of trypanosome trans-sialidase in host neuronal differentiation and neuroprotection from apoptosis.
Freeze-thaw tolerance and cold survival of microbial communities.
Dr. Wobeser has considerable expertise in the fields of HIV and Tuberculosis. She maintains clinical studies in the field of HIV and epidemiologic studies of Tuberculosis.
Updated 2014 07 03
Below are statements by various former members of the original Department of Microbiology and Immunology