Microbiology and Immunology Faculty and Research Interests

J.W. Camp, Ph.D., Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Secretary of Faculties. Epidemiology and ecology of parasitic diseases; parasite induced changes in morphology, physiology, and behavior of invertebrate and vertebrate hosts; Identification of peptide sequences related to apicomplexan protein from Sarcocystis neurona

S.A. Crist, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor.   Performs research in Dr. Ratliff’s laboratory.

B.D. Elzey, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor.  Performs research in Dr. Ratliff’s laboratory.

B.N. Gaskill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Animal Welfare.  Laboratory animal welfare; applied behavior; ethology; effects of husbandry on scientific outcomes; thermal physiology; enrichment design and implementation; developing novel translational methods of testing cognitive functioning and affective states in animals.

H. HogenEsch, D.V.M., Ph.D.,Professor of Immunopathology; Associate Dean for Research, Purdue Veterinary Medicine.  Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists.  Mucosal immunology and mucosal vaccines; adjuvants; dendritic cells; immunobiology of the skin. 

K. R. Kazacos, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. ACVM (Parasitology), Professor of Veterinary Parasitology. Pathogenesis, pathology and epidemiology of parasitic diseases; diagnostic parasitology; parasitic zoonoses, especially helminth infections; visceral, ocular and neural larva migrans; Baylisascaris spp.

Chang H. Kim, Ph.D., Section Head of Microbiology & Immunology, Professor of Immunology, Current studies in the lab include:  Imaging of the immune system, chemokines, immune cell trafficking in health and disease (inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and chronic tissue inflammation), regulation of mucosal immune system, development of T cells (Tregs, Th17 cells, and T-FH cells), and regulation of the immune system by hormones and gut-derived factors (cytokines, retinoic acid, progesterone, gut commensal bacteria, and short chain fatty acids).

T.L. Lin, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., Professor of Veterinary Pathology; Head of Avian and Aquatic Section, Senior Veterinary Diagnostic Pathologist, Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.   Diagnostic pathology; molecular pathology and immunohistopathology of infectious, toxic and neoplastic diseases; and avian, swine, and fish, laboratory animal pathology. 

S.K. Mittal, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Pathobiology, CPB Graduate Program Director, University Faculty Scholar, Member of Purdue Cancer Center, Member of Bindley Bioscience Center.   Viral expression vectors; recombinant vaccines; gene therapy; adenovirus; gene expression; role of adenovirus early region 1 and early region 3 in pathogenesis; mucosal immunity. Innate immunity, pandemic influenza including bird flu.

R.M. Pogranichniy, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Comparative Pathobiology, Diagnostic Virologist and Section Head of Virology and Serology, Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Veterinary diagnostic and infectious disease of production animals, emerging infectious diseases (diagnosis, pathogenesis, and vaccine development). 

T. Ratliff, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Pathobiology; Director of Purdue Cancer Center. Immunotherapy of Prostate Cancer, Immunotherapy of Bladder Cancer, Communication between innate and adaptive immune compartments via platelets, Prostate Inflammation, Bladder Inflammation. 

M.N. Seleem, BVSc, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Veterinary Microbiology. Targeted drug delivery for intracellular pathogens: Intracellular pathogens like Mycobacterium, Brucella, Salmonella and Listeria have developed various mechanisms to evade host defenses, and they can establish chronic infections. Treatment and eradication are difficult since infections are localized within phagocytic cells and most antibiotics, although highly active in-vitro, do not actively pass through cellular membranes. My research is focused on site-specific targeted drug delivery with increased bioavailability of antimicrobials/drugs using nanoparticles as carriers.

R. Vemulapalli, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Head, Department of Comparative Pathobiology, Professor of Veterinary Immunology/Microbiology. Infectious diseases; microbial virulence factors; host immune responses; preventive and therapeutic vaccine development; immuno-modulation; bacterial vaccine vectors; nucleic acid vaccines; novel strategies to enhance vaccine efficacy. 

T. Vemulapalli, DVM, MS, Clinical Assistant Professor in Comparative Pathobiology, Assistant Director, Veterinary Laboratory Animal Program, Diplomate, ACLAM

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