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The department of microbiology and immunology



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

*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, Senior Research Associate
Mia E. Hammers, MS, Research Technician

Courses directed by department Faculty*

DO Program Courses (Course Directors):
Immunology I (Dr. Stuart)

Immunology II (Dr. Stuart) 

Medical Microbiology (Dr. Singh)

Infectious Diseases (Dr. Stuart and Dr. Chamberlain)

MOSDOH Program Courses (Course Directors):
Immunology (Dr. Phillips)
Principles of Microbiology (Dr. Stuart)

Infectious Diseases (Dr. Chamberlain)

Unique Courses in the Biomedical Sciences Program (Course Directors)
Oral Presentation (Dr. Chamberlain and Dr. Singh)

Topics in Biomedical Sciences (Dr. Singh)
*Each course is described in the ATSU-KCOM College Catalog.

Teaching Assignments and On-going Research Projects

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

  • Mechanisms of persistence in Staphylococcus aureus and S. epidermidis
  • Identification of novel S. aureus gene targets for therapy

Dr. Phillips teaches in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Porphyromonas gingivalis biology and pathogenesis in context of both oral and systemic diseases, particularly poor pregnancy outcomes
  • Microbial biofilms and microbiomes in health and disease
  • Development and assessment of antimicrobial therapeutics and diagnostics
  • Wound healing

Dr. Stuart teaches in Immunology I, Immunology II, Medical Microbiology, and Infectious Diseases. Her research interests involve the following topics:

  • Functional and structural characterization of the DNA repair protein, RadA
  • Immunological response of human cells to Trichomonas tenax
  • Production of monoclonal antibodies for diagnostic and research purposes

Dr. Singh teaches in Medical Microbiology, Infectious Diseases, and Principles of Microbiology. 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