Laura Knoll

Picture of Laura  KnollAssociate Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology
3303 Microbial Sciences Building
1550 Linden Drive
Office: (608) 262-3161
Laboratory: 262-4242
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B.A. - 1989; Saint Olaf College; Northfield, MN
Ph.D. - 1994; Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, MO
Postdoctoral Research- Stanford University; Stanford, CA

Areas of Study

Parasitology, Immunology

Research Overview

Our research centers on studying the host/pathogen interactions of the intracelluar parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma causes abnormal fetal neurological development and encephalitis in immunocompromised patients. Toxoplasma is a member of the coccidian family of parasites that include Plasmodium (causative agent of malaria) and Cryptosporidium (causative agent of water-borne outbreaks of diarrhea). We are using a library signature-tagged mutants and a chronic infection mouse model to isolate genes important for virulence and developmental regulation.


  • 2012, UW-Madison WARF Romnes Faculty Fellow
  • 2003, Shaw Scientist Award, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • 2000, Burroughs Wellcome Career Award