Associate Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity

708 Biomedical Research Tower
460 W 12th Ave, Columbus OH 43210

Membership:  Infectious Diseases Institute

Research Interests

My lab performs basic and translational research to better understand host immunity to mycobacterial pathogens—specifically, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) and Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM)—using animal models of TB and NTM infection, as well as immune profiling of tissues donated by individuals affected by these pathogens. In addition to my research efforts, I also teach as part of the undergraduate, graduate and medical curricula, and serve as Associate Director the OSU BSL3 facility.

My lab’s response to COVID-19
As all Americans have experienced, my staff and I were floored by the rapid progression of COVID-19, which has resulted in the death of over 37K Ohioans, nearly 1M Americans, and over 6M individuals worldwide. As part of the OSU response to COVID-19, my lab continues to work with a number of basic and clinical scientists, physicians, and engineer partners on projects related to COVID-19 surveillance, therapy and disinfection. These projects are ongoing, and we encourage all individuals to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Many Hosts of Mycobacteria Conference
The Many Host of Mycobacteria (MHM) symposia brings together researchers from diverse disciplines to discuss topical questions in mycobacterial research and identify opportunities for collaborations for combating human and animal disease caused by mycobacteria. For information on the ninth MHM symposium (MHM9), which will be held July 11-13, 2022 at The Blackwell Inn, please visit the following website:

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760 Biomedical Research Tower
460 W 12th Ave., Columbus OH 43210


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