Our Faculty

WMBB Faculty

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

612-626-4598
binstadt@umn.edu

Research Interests: Understanding the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases with particular emphasis on immune-mediated cardiovascular disease. 

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Michael Farrar, PhD
Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-0401
farra005@umn.edu

Research Interests: How cytokines and cytokine-dependent signal transduction pathways control regulatory T cell development and B cell leukemia

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Brian Fife, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine

612-624-2417
bfife@umn.edu

Research Interests: The PD-1 negative regulatory pathway in T cells and its role in controlling autoimmunity and preventing transplant rejection, tumor immunology, immunological tolerance, intravital 2 photon imaging
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Tanya Freedman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

612-301-8313
tfreedman@umn.edu

Research Interests: Regulation of membrane-proximal signaling in hematopoietic cells, macrophage response due to inflammation, including the tumor microenvironment in breast cancer; the regulation of proto-oncogenic signaling proteins like the Src family kinases
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Sara Hamilton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-1626
hamil062@umn.edu

Research Interests: Manipulating CD8 T cells to elicit optimal response to pathogen infection, as well as CD8 T cell activation, T cell memory generation and maintenance, enhancing protective immunity, and inhibiting T cell pathology

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Kristin Hogquist, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Immunology; Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-1616
hogqu001@umn.edu

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of T cells in the thymus; gene expression profiling, and RNAi "knock-down" analysis; immune response to the Epstein Barr Virus - a chronic viral infection associated with cancer and autoimmunity in humans
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Stephen Jameson, PhD
Chairman's Fund Professor in Experimental Pathology, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-1496
james024@umn.edu

Research Interests: Mechanisms that regulate the development and trafficking of T cells & their role in protective immunity against pathogens; T cell homeostasis in response to lymphopenia, increasing the function of residual T cells in lymphodepleted individuals, including cancer patients receiving radio/chemotherapy
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Marc Jenkins, PhD
Director, Center for Immunology; Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-626-2715
jenki002@umn.edu

CD4 helper T and B cell activation by directly tracking Agn-specific cells, with the goal of achieving an understanding of lymphocyte signal transduction, proliferation, and differentiation processes to improve vaccines and prevent autoimmunity
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Alexander Khoruts, MD
Professor, Medicine

612-624-2101
khoru001@umn.edu

Research Interests: Mechanisms of colon cancer pathogenesis in patients with cystic fibrosis, which has become recognized as a genetic colon cancer syndrome; role of gut microbiota and inflammatory pathways in the colon mucosa

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David Masopust, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-625-4666
masopust@umn.edu

Research Interests: Resident memory T cells, cytotoxic T cell migration, differentiation and function within tissues, and CD8 T cell vaccines and memory development in response to infections
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Matthew Mescher, PhD
Professor Emeritus

612-626-2403
mesch001@umn.edu

Retired

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Daniel Mueller, MD
Director of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases; Professor, Medicine

612-625-8477
muell002@umn.edu

Research Interests: Biological and biochemical nature of immune self-tolerance and application to the treatment of autoimmune diseases, specifically the breakdown of B cell tolerance during disease development. T cell clonal expansion, allograft rejection, and immunotherapy of cancer

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Harry Orr, PhD
Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-3647
orrxx002@umn.edu

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Erik J. Peterson, MD
Associate Director, UMN Dept. of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program; Associate Professor, Medicine

612-625-5634
peter899@umn.edu

Research Interests: The role of adaptor proteins in T cell development, regulation of T cell-dependent autoimmunity, and immune cell transduction
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William Schmalstieg, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurology

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wschmals@umn.edu

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Yoji Shimizu, PhD
Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD); Assistant Dean for Graduate Education

612-626-6849
shimi002@umn.edu

Research Interests: Intracellular signal transduction events that regulate adhesion interactions critical for effective agn-specific immune responses & cell trafficking
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Vaiva Vezys, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-625-4650
vvezys@umn.edu

Research Interests: Investigation of how T cell tolerance to self-antigens, tumor antigens, and proteins from chronic infections is induced and maintained; development of methods for reversing established tolerance to these types of proteins and their translation to the clinic
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Bio Discovery District (BDD) Faculty

Paul Bohjanen, MD, PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-625-7679
bohja001@umn.edu

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Thomas Griffith,  PhD
Associate Professor, Urology

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tgriffit@umn.edu

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Ashley Haase, MD
Regents Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-624-4442
haase001@umn.edu

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Reuben Harris, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry

612-624-0457
rsh@umn.edu

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Geoffrey Hart, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine

612-624-9996
hart0792@umn.edu

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Ryan Hunter, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-625-1402
rchunter@umn.edu

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Ryan Langlois, PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-625-3633
langlois@umn.edu

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James Lokensgard, PhD
Professor, Medicine

612-624-1966
loken006@umn.edu

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Kirsten Nielsen, PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

612-625-4979
knielsen@umn.edu

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Christopher Pennell, PhD
Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-625-7138
penne001@umn.edu

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Kaylee Schwertfeger, PhD
Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-626-9419
schwe251@umn.edu

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Brian Van Ness, PhD
Professor, Biochemistry

612-624-9944
vanne001@umn.edu

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Carston Wagner, PhD
Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

612-625-2614
wagne003@umn.edu

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U of MN Medical Center (UMMC) Faculty

Bruce Blazar, MD
Professor, Pediatrics

612-626-2734
blaza001@umn.edu

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Sunil David, MD, PhD
Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

612-625-3317
sdavid@umn.edu

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Dale S. Gregerson, PhD
Professor, Opthalmology

612-626-0772

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Keli Hippen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

612-625-1430
hippe002@umn.edu

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Dan Knights, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and BioTechnology Institute

612-564-2762
dknights@umn.edu

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Tucker LeBien, PhD
Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

612-626-1422
lebie001@umn.edu

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Arthur Matas, MD
Professor, Medicine

612-625-6460
matas001@umn.edu

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Jeffrey Miller, MD
Professor, Medicine

612-626-4024
mille011@umn.edu

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Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

612-625-7436
modiano@umn.edu

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Jerry Molitor, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine

612-626-6100
jmolitor@umn.edu

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Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics

612-626-2950
panos001@umn.edu

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Marco Pravetoni, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology

612-347-4427
prave001@umn.edu

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Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics

612-625-2912
tolar003@umn.edu

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Daniel Vallera, PhD
Professor, Therapeutic Radiology

612-626-6664
valle001@umn.edu

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Chun Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

612-626-3990
wangx504@umn.edu

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St. Paul and Off Campus Faculty

Benjamin Clarke, PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

218-726-6587
bclarke@umn.edu

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Rachel Gibbons Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology, Division of Science and Mathematics, University of Minnesota, Morris

320-589-6326
rmjohns@morris.umn.edu

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Thomas Molitor, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology

612-625-5295
molit001@umn.edu

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Michael Murtaugh, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology

612-625-6735
murta001@umn.edu

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Mark Rutherford, PhD
Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology

612-625-4281
ruthe003@umn.edu

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Pamela Skinner, PhD
Associate Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology

612-624-2644
skinn002@umn.edu

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T. Andrew Taton, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry

612-626-4681
taton@umn.edu

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Bruce Walcheck, PhD
Professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

612-624-2282
walch003@umn.edu

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