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The department of microbiology and immunology

 

faculty*

Neil J. Sargentini, PhD, Professor and Chair
Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, Professor
Priscilla L. Phillips, PhD, Assistant Professor
Vineet K. Singh, PhD
, Professor
Melissa K. Stuart, PhD, Professor

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*Each person's name is linked to biographical data and publications. Activity for all ATSU/KCOM faculty by year (publications, presentations, funding and honors) can be accessed at Scholarly Activity.

Microbiology/Immunology DEpartment Staff

Kathy Krog, Administrative Assistant
Deborah A. Hudman, MS, Research Associate
Michael Blaine, BS, Research Technician

courses directed by department Faculty*

DO Program Courses (Course Directors):
Immunology (Dr. Stuart)
Medical Microbiology (Dr. Sargentini)
Infectious Diseases (Dr. Sargentini)

Unique Courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program (Course Directors)
Oral Presentation (Dr. Chamberlain)
Topics in Biomedical Sciences (Dr. Sargentini)
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*Each course is described in the ATSU-KCOM College Catalog.

Teaching Assignments and On-going Research Projects

Dr. Sargentini lectures in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Mechanistic studies on Escherichia coli DNA repair protein RadA
  • Gene expression in x-irradiated Escherichia coli; physiological effects
  • Characterization of new DNA repair genes in Escherichia coli

Dr. Chamberlain lectures in Infectious Diseases. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Mechanisms of pathogenicity of Staphylococcus aureus and S. epidermidis
  • Mechanisms of antibiotic survival of S. epidermidis in biofilms
  • Identification of novel S. aureus gene targets for therapy

Dr. Phillips lectures in Immunology. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Identifying mRNA targets of regulatory sRNA in Porphyromonas gingivalis
  • Roles of sRNAs in regulating P. gingivalis biology and pathogenesis in context of its potential contribution to both oral and systemic diseasesl

Dr. Stuart lectures in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Assessment of RadA-heterologous protein interactions during DNA repair
  • Assessment of ganglioside-protein interactions in the ocular lens
  • Production of monoclonal antibodies for use as research toolss

Dr. Singh lectures in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. His research interests involve the following topics:

  • Mechanisms of pathogenicity of Staphylococcus aureus and S. epidermidis
  • Molecular pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus infections
  • Global gene expression profiling of staphylococci under stress
  • Identification of novel S. aureus gene targets for therapy
  • Molecular approaches to identify and control bacteria implicated in periodontitis