“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
Department Head

Meet our faculty

Stephen Beverley, PhD

Stephen Beverley, PhD

Ernest St John Simms Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interests:

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.

Beverley Lab Website

Michael Caparon, PhD

Michael Caparon, PhD

Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:
Pathogenesis of infections caused by Gram positive bacteria. Gene regulation and mechanisms of toxin secretion by Group A streptococci.

Caparon Lab

Siyuan Ding, PhD

Siyuan Ding, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:
Molecular mechanisms of rotavirus replication and pathogenesis; Virus-host interactions; Innate immune signaling in the intestinal epithelium.

Ding Lab

Tamara L. Doering, MD, PhD

Tamara L. Doering, MD, PhD

Alumni Endowed Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:
The pathogenic yeast Cryptococcus neoformans, using biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and genomic approaches to elucidate its fascinating biology and pathogenesis.

Doering Lab

Mario F. Feldman, PhD

Mario F. Feldman, PhD

Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:

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.

Feldman Lab

Henry Huang, PhD

Henry Huang, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:
RNA virus evolution. Molecular biology of alphaviruses. Alphavirus gene expression vectors. Antiviral drug design.

Scott Hultgren, PhD

Scott Hultgren, PhD

Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:
Our lab blends genetic, genomic, imaging, structural, biochemical, clinical and translational strategies to study the interface between a pathogen and its host.

Hultgren Lab

Sebla Kutluay, PhD

Sebla Kutluay, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:
Regulation of human immunodeficiency virus replication by viral and host RNA-binding proteins.

Kutluay Lab

Michele LeRoux, PhD

Michele LeRoux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest:

The LeRoux lab studies mechanisms by which bacteria defend themselves from their viral predators, bacteriophage, in the organisms Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

LeRoux Lab Website

Carolina  B. Lopez, PhD

Carolina B. Lopez, PhD

Theodore and Bertha Bryan Professor of Environmental Medicine

Research Interest:
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.

Lopez Lab

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News

WashU Celebration of Inventors 2024 (Links to an external site)

On April 25, 2024, the Office of Technology Management hosted the seventh annual Celebration of Inventors, an event to honor and recognize Washington University inventors, researchers and faculty entrepreneurs.  Honorees included Molecular Microbiology’s Scott Hultgren and Jerome Pinkner.

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