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Bacterial Pathogenesis

bacterial pathogenesis art Our mechanistic understanding of bacterial pathogenesis is fundamental to our ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent bacterial diseases. Moreover, as rapidly evolving populations of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread worldwide, efforts made by our microbiologists to elucidate the genetic, molecular, and cellular elements responsible for a bacterium's virulence become increasingly vital to our survival. Our faculty explore the mechanistic basis of pathogenesis for such prominent pathogens as enterohemorrhagic E. coli and uropathogenic E. coli, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Borrelia burgdorferi, and Listeria monocytogenes. How these organisms colonize and invade host cells or tissues, cause damage to their hosts, and elude or alter host immune responses represent the primary themes under which more focused, innovative investigations are led by our bacterial pathogenesis faculty.

Investigators
Image of Joseph (Joe) Dillard Joseph (Joe) Dillard
Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
4157 Microbial Sciences Building · (608) 265-2837 · jpdillard@wisc.edu
Image of Caitlin Pepperell Caitlin Pepperell
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology
5301 Microbial Sciences Building · (608) 262-5983 · pepperell@wisc.edu
Image of John-Demian (JD) Sauer John-Demian (JD) Sauer
Assistant Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
4203 Microbial Sciences Building · (608) 263-1529 · sauer3@wisc.edu
Image of Ronald (Ron) Schell Ronald (Ron) Schell
Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology; Chief Bacteriologist, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Rm 613 WI State Lab of Hygiene · (608) 262-3634 · rfschell@wisc.edu
Image of Rodney (Rod) Welch Rodney (Rod) Welch
Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Chair
6157 Microbial Sciences Building · (608) 263-2700 · rawelch@wisc.edu