“Microbiology remains a key discipline of modern biomedical science. Apart from causing infectious diseases, microbes and microbial communities play critical roles in human health and evolution. The domestication of microbes for medical and scientific purposes promises to have a profound impact on health and medicine. These topics are well-represented throughout the Washington University community, and I view the Department of Molecular Microbiology as providing a central home for the broader Washington University microbiology community”Sean Whelan, PhD
Marvin A. Brennecke Distinguished Professor
Meet our faculty
Ernest St John Simms Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology
The Beverley lab studies the molecular genetics and genomics of the protozoan parasite Leishmania major, including virulence in the insect and mammalian hosts, and strategies for control.
Alumni Endowed Professor of Molecular Microbiology
The pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans, using biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and genomic approaches to elucidate its fascinating biology and pathogenesis.
Professor of Molecular Microbiology
My lab is focused in microbial glycobiology and its exploitation for vaccine development. We also work on outer membrane vesicles (OMV) biogenesis. We have a particular interest in Acinetobacter baumannii virulence and survival mechanisms.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology
The LeRoux lab studies mechanisms by which bacteria defend themselves from their viral predators, bacteriophage, in the organisms Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Theodore and Bertha Bryan Professor of Environmental Medicine
Our goal is to understand how different components of a virus population affect the infected organism and how this interaction influences the virus evolution and its maintenance in nature.