Graduate Research Topics
Bacteriophage Ecology, History, and Behavior.
Detection of other microbial species and the host environment by Salmonella.
Biochemistry of central carbon metabolism.
Editing and Modification of tRNA: Roles in Mitochondrial Biogenesis and Disease.
Molecular mechanisms of transcription elongation,elongation control of virulence genes in proteobacteria.
Molecular Biology of the archaea: archaeal SNO-RNAs.
Molecular mechanism of reading frame maintenance during translation.
Salmonella/Francisella pathogenesis and host cell interactions.
Transcription termination control in Gram-positive bacteria; RNA structure/function.
Protein synthesis in bacteria and archaea. Antibiotic resistance.
Peptide and Protein design, antigenic and immunogenic determinants, protein folding.
Biochemistry and molecular biology of methanogenic Archaea emphasizing methane formation and their genetic encoding of the novel amino acid pyrrolysine.
HIV-1 transmission and host-viral interactions.
Molecular Mechanisms of virulence by Histoplasma capsulatum.
Molecular biology of archaea / molecular adaptations to extreme environments.
Envelope biogenesis in Gram-negative bacteria.
Immune mechanisms that determine outcome of "New world" cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis.
Innate immunity in mycobacterial infections.
Molecular basis of host cell invasion by L.monocytogenes.
Biochemistry, molecular biology, molecular ecology, archaea.
Environmental and Industrial Microbiology.
Biofilm formation involving food-borne pathogenic and health-promoting microorganisms.
Deoxyuridine metabolism in eukaryotic systems as it relates to gene expression, DNA replication and DNA repair.
Bacterial pathogenesis and gene regulation.
Microbial safety of food; foodborne pathogens; preservation technologies; mechanism of resistance.