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The department of microbiology and immunology

 

faculty*

Neil J. Sargentini, PhD, Professor and Chair
Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD, 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. 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

Dr. Ruhlen is a full-time researcher in the A.T. Still Research Institute and collaborates with this department under her adjunct appointment. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Role of developmental endocrine disruption on breast cancer (rat model)
  • Modeling musculoskeletal and joint disease and interventions in a rat model