Providing a rich, collaborative environment engaged in the study of microbial biology

With a focus on emerging and neglected diseases, our department is interested in microbial pathogenesis, the study of how microbes interact with their hosts in ways that both cause or avoid disease, and how this knowledge can be used to improve human health.

Meet our faculty

Carolina Lopez, PhD

The Lopez lab studies how respiratory viruses interact with the body and cause disease

Sean Whelan, PhD

The Whelan lab studies gene expression and viral-host interactions in RNA viruses, including coronavirus/SARS-CoV-2 and Ebola

Shabaana Khader, PhD

The Khader lab studies pulmonary pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis


Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus (Links to an external site)

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have developed a hybrid coronavirus that will enable more scientists to enter the fight against the pandemic. The scientists genetically modified a mild virus by swapping one of its genes for one from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.