Faculty

Iannis E. Adamopoulos
Degree Held: MPhil., DPhil
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Address: 2425 Stockton Blvd., Shriners Hospital, Room 653A
Phone: (916) 453-2237
E-mail: iannis@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.iprmd.org/?q=node/49
http://www.adamopouloslab.com
http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/providerbio/search/1510
Research interests: Novel treatments and therapeutic strategies for inflammatory arthritis and immune bone loss. Our laboratory studies the interface between the skeletal and immune systems, a newly emerging area of research called "osteoimmunology".
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Paul Ashwood
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Address: The MIND Institute, Sacramento
Phone: (916) 703-0405
E-mail: pashwood@ucdavis.edu
Web site: https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/ourteam/faculty/ashwood.html
Research interests: Evaluating the immune response in children with autism and to examine the interface between the immune system and the central nervous system.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Stephen Barthold
Degree Held: D.V.M., Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and The Center for Comparative Medicine
Address:
Phone: (530) 752-1245
E-mail: swbarthold@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Anatomic Pathology
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Nicole Baumgarth
Degree Held: D.V.M., Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology and The Center for Comparative Medicine
Address: Center for Comparative Medicine, Room 1004
Phone: (530) 754-5813
E-mail: nbaumgarth@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://ccm.ucdavis.edu/baumgarthlab/index.html
Research interests: Regulation of immune responses to pathogens with emphasis on influenza virus infection and in collaboration with Steve Barthold studies on the regulation of immunity to infection with Borrelia burgdorferi; mucosal immunology; respiratory tract immunology; molecular regulation of early B cell activation; and function and development of B-1 cells.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Andreas J. Baumler
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor & Vice Chair
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 451 East Health Science Drive, GBSF, Room 5513
Phone: (530) 754-7225
E-mail: ajbaumler@ucdavis.edu
Web site: https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medmicro/Faculty_MR/Baumler/baumler_index_mr.html
Research interests: Pathogenesis and host response to Salmonella infections.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Charles L. Bevins
Degree Held: M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Professor & GGI Chair
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 451 East Health Science Drive, GBSF, Room 5617
Phone: (530) 754-6889
E-mail: clbevins@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://biosci3.ucdavis.edu/FacultyAndResearch/FacultyProfile.aspx?FacultyID=14231
Research interests: Innate immune responses; mucosal immunology; antimicrobial peptides.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Christopher L. Bowlus
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Gastroenterology
Address: 451 East Health Science Drive, GBSF, Room 6319
Phone: (530) 752-6128
E-mail: clbowlus@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Function of the thymic protease Prss16 in T cell development and susceptibility to autoimmunity. Clinical and translational studies of autoimmune disorders of the liver including Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Marie Burns
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Center for Neuroscience
Address: 3301 Tupper Hall and 1544 Newton Court
Phone: (530) 754-7164
E-mail: meburns@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://photoreceptor.faculty.ucdavis.edu
Research interests: Inflammation in the central nervous system; the role of microglia in disease progression and the signaling events underlying monocyte to macrophage transformation in the CNS, using retina as a model system.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Kiho Cho
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Adjunct Professor
Department: Surgery
Address: Shriner's Hospital, 2425 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, CA 96817
Phone: (916) 453-2284
E-mail: kcho@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/surgery/specialties/burn/kiho.html
Research interests: Primarily focusing on the roles of murine endogenous retroviruses (MuERVs) in the post-burn systemic immune disorder and multiple organ failure using a murine model.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Sean Collins
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
Address: 334 Briggs Hall
Phone: (530) 752-7497
E-mail: srcollins@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: My lab studies how human immune cells process information from cell surface receptors to guide their motility and related responses. We use a cell line model for human neutrophils, which allows us to use genetic perturbations and fluorescent biosensors to study the signaling process. We are interested in understanding how these cells sense spatial gradients of attractants, prioritize between competing attractant signals, and how they respond to attractant signals with motility, phagocytosis, and degranulation.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Lillian Cruz-Orengo
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: cruzorengo@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: My research focuses on sexual dimorphism of the blood- brain barrier (BBB) microvasculature as a relevant contributor to MS neuropathogenesis with the purpose of developing sex-specific therapeutic targets. Using the chemokine ligand CXCL12, a key regulator of immune trafficking into the central nervous system (CNS) as a biomarker, we hope to understand how BBB polarity is differentially regulated in females during CNS autoimmunity.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Satya Dandekar
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor and Chair
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 451 East Health Sciences Drive, GBSF, Room 5511
Phone: (530) 752-3409 or (530) 752-3542
E-mail: sdandekar@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medmicro/staff/dandekar.html
Research interests: Mucosal immunity against pathogens.
Molecular Pathogenesis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and
Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) Infections with Special Emphasis on
Gastrointestinal Mucosal Lymphoid Tissue (GALT) as a Major Target Organ of the Viral Infection, and as a Viral Reservoir.
Repair and renewal of gut mucosal immune system during therapy.
Accepting Students:

 

Melanie Gareau
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Address: 2017 Vet Med 3B
Phone: (530) 754-0605
E-mail: mgareau@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://gareau.faculty.ucdavis.edu
Research interests: Characterizing the microbiota-gut-brain axis in models of inflammatory bowel disease and following infection with an enteric bacterial pathogen. Determining the mechanisms involved in the development of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in early life.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Laurel J. Gershwin
Degree Held: D.V.M., Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 3327 Vet Med 3A
Phone: (530) 752-6643
E-mail: ljgershwin@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/ljgershwin/
Research interests: 1. Host response to Bovine and human respiratory syncytial virus: mechanisms of pathogenesis,response to immunomodulation and antiviral therapy, including transcriptome analysis and alteration in immune cell populations. 2. Innate mechanisms of antiviral defense against respiratory viruses in the lung.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Tzipora Goldkorn
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Address: 451 East Health Science Drive, GBSF, 6th Floor
Phone: (530) 752-2988
E-mail: ttgoldkorn@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/pulmonary/pulmonary/goldkorn.htm
Research interests: Mechanisms of apoptosis and hyperplasia in the lung, as these two processes play a critical role in lung cancer. Research centers both on the mechanisms of cell growth and proliferation in airway epithelial cells and on the ceramide-generating machinery that drives aberrant apoptosis control. Function of EGF receptor and nSMase2 in cigarette smoke and oxidative stress induced lung injury.
Accepting Students:

 

Leigh G. Griffiths
Degree Held: VetMB, MRCVS, PhD
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Veterinary Medicine & Epidemiology
Address: 2103 Tupper Hall
Phone: (530) 754-0334
E-mail: lggriffiths@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/lggriffiths/
Research interests: Immunoproteomic identification, epitope mapping and in-silico modeling of xenoantigens. Investigation of antigen removal strategies in production of xenogeneic scaffolds for cardiovascular tissue engineering applications.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Angela Haczku
Degree Held: M.D.,Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Pulminary & Critical Care Medicine
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: haczku@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Airway inflammation caused by environmental exposures (allergen, cigarette smoke and ozone inhalation or psychosocial stress). Role of lung collectins, IgE-mediated immune mechanisms, promoter regulation of the surfactant protein D gene and mechanisms of corticosteroid resistance. Lung physiology (pulmonary function testing), animal exposure and a wide spectrum of immunological, cell and molecular biology techniques.
Accepting Students:

 

Richart W. Harper
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Address: PSSB/UCDMC - Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734 3564
E-mail: rwharper@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Our laboratory is focused on two main projects. The goals of the first project are to establish that DUOX2-mediated mechanisms are critical for the early antiviral response to RV in respiratory tract epithelial cells. This included signaling events upstream of and downstream from transcriptional activation of interferon-beta (IFN-b) (e.g. retinoic acid induced protein 1 (RIG-1)/melanoma differentiation associated gene 5 (MDA5), interferon response factor 3 and 9 (IRF3 and IRF9), or Mx proteins. Our second project is based on our recent discovery that all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is a critical regulator of basal DUOX2 expression and rhinovirus-mediated DUOX2 inducibility in respiratory tract epithelium. Importantly, retinoic acid similarly induces the expression of known IFN-b-dependent antiviral genes (e.g. RIG-1/MDA5). Together, these data suggest that retinoic acid is critical for several viral host defense proteins in the respiratory tract epithelium and we are specifically exploring these mechanisms. Our model proposes that DUOX2-mediated H2O2 generation in the human respiratory tract results in the early activation of antiviral genes. We utilize primary human respiratory tract epithelium and human-derived airway epithelial cell lines to investigate our model. Specifically, we are investigating airway epithelium-specific factors that are important for normal immune function in the lung.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Volkmar Heinrich
Degree Held: PhD
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Address: 2323 GBSF
Phone: (530) 754-6642
E-mail: vheinrich@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.bme.ucdavis.edu/heinrich/
Research interests: Molecular-to-cellular bioengineering/biomechanics: Towards a quantitative understanding of mechano-sensing, -signaling, and -regulation. Our multiscale approach uses the tools of mechanics and high-resolution optical microscopy to deepen the understanding of how nature does things in the nanoworld and where pathogens may attack our natural defenses. On the smallest scale, we characterize isolated single-molecule interactions using custom-developed, ultrasensitive force probes. In vivo these biomolecules are often supported by soft subcellular structures like membranes or the cytoskeleton. The dynamical properties of such structures crucially affect the way in which the interacting molecules experience force. A more complete picture of biologically relevant nano-to-microscale processes, therefore, requires a sound knowledge of the mechanics of membranes and whole cells. Combining our force probes with advanced micropipette aspiration and micromanipulation allows us to study with exceptional resolution the elasticity and cohesive strength of artificial and biological membranes. Similar experimental setups are used to establish and characterize the mechanical determinants of cellular processes like leukocyte adhesion and phagocytosis and how they are affected by disease.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Daniel Hwang
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Adjunct Professor
Department: Nutrition and The USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center
Address: 430 Health Sciences Drive
Phone: (530) 754-4838
E-mail: dhwang@whnrc.usda.gov
Web site: http://nutrition.ucdavis.edu/faculty/hwang.html
Research interests: The goal of our research is to elucidate molecular mechanisms by which different types of dietary fatty acids and phytochemicals modulate pattern recognition receptor-mediated signaling pathways, target gene expression, and subsequent cellular responses, and to determine how this modulation is related to risks of development and progression of chronic diseases (see recent publications in PubMed).
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Samuel T. Hwang
Degree Held: M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Professor and Chair of Dermatology
Department: Dermatology
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: sthwang@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Leukocyte and cancer cell trafficking. Long standing interest in the role of chemokine receptors, including CCR6 and CXCR4 in immune cells as well as cancer cells.
Accepting Students:

 

Roslyn Rivkah Isseroff
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Dermatology
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: rrisseroff@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Dr. Isseroff's research interests include keratinocyte differentiation, migration and wound healing, signal transduction, bioengineered tissue replacement, and toxicology of the skin. Current research projects focus on analysis of cell responses to an applied electric field, bioengineered skin replacements, and enhancers of wound healing.
Accepting Students:

 

Smita Iyer
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Address: National Primate Research Center
Phone: (530) 752-4376
E-mail: smiyer@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://ccm.ucdavis.edu/faculty/iyer/
Research interests: Our lab's primary research interests center around delineating immunological and molecular mechanisms of CD4 T cell help. Our ultimate goal is to use this information to design an effective HIV vaccine and in parallel understand mechanisms of HIV susceptibility and pathogenesis.
Accepting Students:

 

Kirk C. Klasing
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Distinguished Professor
Department: Animal Science
Address: 2131B Meyer Hall
Phone: (530) 752-1901
E-mail: kcklasing@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Klasing/
Research interests: Physiological ecology: Developmental, nutritional, and pathological costs of an immune response to pathogens; Nutrition and immunity: Effects of immune responses on metabolism and nutrient requirements. Avian immunology: Regulation of the avian inflammatory response.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Kit S. Lam
Degree Held: M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Professor and Chair
Department: Chair of Biochemisty & Molecular Medicine and Professor of Hematology & Oncology
Address: UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-0910
E-mail: kit.lam@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Web site: https://basicscience.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/Lam_Lab/
Research interests: Application of combinatorial library methods for basic research and drug discovery, protein tyrosine kinases -- biochemistry and drug development, peptide targeted-therapy for cancer, nanodelivery of drugs and vaccine, peptide immunology, immunotherapy against cancer and infectious diseases, immunomodulatory agents, proteomics, peptide chemistry and biology, and genetically encoded small illuminants for functional imaging of living cells.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Pam Lein
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Molecular Biosciences
Address: 2009 Vet Med 3B
Phone: (530) 752-1970
E-mail: pjlein@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/results.cfm?fid=19369
Research interests: The role of inflammatory cells and cytokines in mediating the adverse effects of neurotoxic agents on the developing brain and altering nerve function in asthma.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Patrick S. Leung
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Adjunct Professor
Department: Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Address: 451 East Health Science Drive, GBSF, Room 6510
Phone: (530) 754-4943
E-mail: psleung@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/internalmedicine/rheumatology/immunolab_goals.html
Research interests: Molecular mechanisms underlying the etiology and pathogenesis of autoimmune liver diseases in primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. Identification of shellfish allergens and immunotherapy in food allergy.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Jamal S. Lewis
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Address: 451 East Health Science Drive, GBSF, Room 3315
Phone: (530) 752-4753
E-mail: jamlewis@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://bme.ucdavis.edu/people/departmental-faculty/jamal-lewis/
Research interests: Immuno-modulatory materials, stimuli-responsive materials, dendritic cell immunobiology, host immune system-material interactions, autoimmune disease therapy
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Emanual Maverakis
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Dermatology
Address: 3301 C Street, Suite 1400, Sacramento
Phone: (916) 843-7336
E-mail: emaverakis@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/dermatology/research/lab/maverakis_pi.html#
Research interests: Emanual Maverakis, M.D. directs a UC Davis clinic that specializes in the treatment of patients with severe immune-mediated diseases involving the skin. Paralleling his clinical interest, his lab is focused on characterizing  autoreactive T cell repertoires in humans with autoimmunity.  His group tracks the autoreactive immune response over time to see how the T cell repertoire evolves in patients with autoimmunity.  Cancer immunotherapy is another focus of Dr. Maverakis’ lab.  Ongoing research projects are focused on boosting tumor-specific immune responses in an attempt to increase patient survival.  Dr. Maverakis is conducting clinical trials of novel therapeutic regimens for cancer and autoimmunity. 
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Kimberley A. McAllister
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Address: The Center for Neuroscience
Phone: (530) 752-8114
E-mail: kmcallister@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://biosci3.ucdavis.edu/FacultyAndResearch/FacultyProfile.aspx?FacultyID=303
Research interests: Investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of synapse formation in the developing cerebral cortex.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Stephen J. McSorley
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Anatomy, Physiology, & Cell Biology and The Center for Comparative Medicine
Address: Center for Comparative Medicine, Room 2007, County Rd 98 at Hutchison Drive
Phone: (530) 752-3414
E-mail: sjmcsorley@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://ccm.ucdavis.edu/mcsorleylab/index.html
Research interests: Mucosal T cell responses, immunity to Salmonella and Chlamydia infection, Innate immune response to bacterial flagellins, identification of antigenic targets in typhoid and non-typhoidal infections.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Lisa A. Miller
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Address: California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC)
Phone: (530) 754-7546
E-mail: lmiller@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/lmiller/
Research interests: Environmental exposures, mucosal immunology, lung development, and host-pathogen interactions.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

William J. Murphy
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Department of Dermatology
Address: Research III #3300A, Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 703-5662
E-mail: wmjmurphy@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Use of immunotherapy in cancer, particularly in the context of bone marrow transplantation and using models of metastatic disease. How the immune system normally suppresses itself and how the tumor further suppresses attempts by the immune system to attack it.
Accepting Students:

 

Robert T. O'Donnell
Degree Held: M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Hematology & Oncology, UC Davis Cancer Center
Address: 4501 X Street, Room 3016, Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-3735
E-mail: rtodonnell@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Radioimmuotherapy using radionuclide-labelled, cancer-specific monoclonal antibodies for treatment of patients with metastatic breast or prostate cancer, and lymphoma. Use of nude mouse models to explore synergy between this radioimmunotherapy and other drugs. Molecular, genetic changes caused by therapy and their effects on apoptosis. Molecular engineering of new antibody fragments capable of targeting malignant cells.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

John Peters
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Associate Professor-in-Residence
Department: Internal Medicine, General Medicine/Geriatric Medicine, Center for Aging
Address: Room 2354, Oak Park Bldg, UC Davis Medical Center, 2700 Stockton Blvd Sacramento, CA 59817
Phone: (916) 703-5079
E-mail: john.peters@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Generally, to define functional roles for extracellular matrix proteins, with emphasis on the fibronectin family of alternatively spliced proteins, in processes of tissue injury, inflammation and healing. Specifically, to define pathogenetic roles of ECM proteins in osteoarthritis and other chronic inflammatory disorders of aging.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Kent E. Pinkerton
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor and Director
Department: Pediatrics and Pediatrics Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Address: Center for Health and the Environment, Room 103
Phone: (530) 752-8334 (office) or (530) 752-5231 (lab)
E-mail: kepinkerton@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/kepinkerton/
Research interests: Immunotoxicology of the respiratory system. The effects of environmental air pollutants (gases, vapors, and particles) on lung inflammation and disease. The role of cytokines and growth factors in lung maturation and development. The impact of engineered nanomaterials on the cardiorespiratory and neural systems.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

David Pleasure
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Neurology and Pediatrics
Address: Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Research, UC Davis School of Medicine, c/o Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento CA 95817
Phone: (916) 453-2331
E-mail: depleasure@ucdavis.edu
Web site: Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine
Research interests: multiple sclerosis, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, central nervous system innate immunity, development of the nervous system, neural stem cells
Accepting Students:

 

Katherine S. Ralston
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Address:
Phone: (530) 752-5429
E-mail: ksralston@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://ralstonlab.org/
Research interests: We use interdisciplinary approaches to study interactions between Entamoeba histolytica and the human host. E. histolytica is the agent of amoebiasis, a potentially lethal diarrheal disease in the developing world that is characterized by host tissue destruction. We discovered that amoebae kill human cells by biting off and ingesting cell fragments, which we termed "amoebic trogocytosis" (Greek, trogo-: nibble). We aim to define amoeba-host interactions and novel aspects of host and pathogen cell biology, by characterizing the role of amoebic trogocytosis in disease. In addition to uncovering interactions fundamental to pathogenesis we may also discover new host cell death and survival mechanisms.
Accepting Students: Yes


Siba Raychaudhuri
Degree Held: M.D
Title: Assistant Clinical Professor
Department: Internal Medicine
Address: Rheumatology,Allergy & Clinical Immunology School of Medicine, UC Davis, Laboratory of Clinical Immunology VA Medical Center Sacramento
10535 Hospital Way
Building 807
Mather, CA 95655
Phone: (916) 326-0921
E-mail: sraychaudhuri@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: In last few years, our research focus has been to understand how Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) influences inflammatory reactions such as cell trafficking and the activation of T cells. In addition to our interest in the role of neurogenic inflammation in inflammatory diseases, we have carried out significant work on cell trafficking and drug development. Our research work involves the identification of immune mediated inflammatory cascades of psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. In order to make these studies possible, we have modified and improved the currently available SCID mouse-human skin chimera model of psoriasis. We have standardized this model for developing immune-based therapies for T cell mediated autoimmune diseases. Our research goals are to dissect and understand the inflammatory cascades of autoimmune diseases, with a focus on neurogenic inflammation, and apply this knowledge to the development of better treatments for this group of chronic debilitating diseases
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Colin Reardon
Degree Held: Ph.D
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: creardon@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: We focus on understanding how the nervous can alter the function of immune cells in health and disease. To accomplish this, our lab uses models of intestinal inflammation, enteric bacterial pathogens, genetically modified mice, and optogenetics. Our analysis of these model systems include confocal and super-resolution microscopy, two-photon intravital imaging, and optical clearing of lymphoid tissues.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Grace L. Rosenquist
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Adjunct Professor
Department: DBS: Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Address: 179 Briggs Hall
Phone: (530) 752-4973
E-mail: rosenqui@a.psc.edu
Web site: http://www.npb.ucdavis.edu/npbdirectory/rosenquist.html
Research interests: Post-translational modification of neuropeptides such as tyrosine sulfation which functions in the gut and immune systems: complement-4, immunoglobulin H chains. The prediction of tertiary structure such as packed helices from primary amino acid sequences. Confirmation of predicted structure by nuclear magnetic resonance.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Stefan Rothenburg
Degree Held: M.D, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: rothenburg@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medmicro/Faculty_MR/faculty_index_mr.html
Research interests: Virology, Innate Immunity, Host-Virus Interactions, Host-Virus Evolution
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Jeroen Saeij
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 3325 Vet Med 3A
Phone:
E-mail: jeroensaeij@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.saeijlab.com/
Research interests: We study host-parasite interactions between the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii and its hosts. Toxoplasma causes life-long chronic infections in most warm-blooded animals including humans. It can cause severe disease in immunosuppressed individuals and fetuses and also causes ocular disease in otherwise healthy people. Toxoplasma virulence differs, often quite dramatically, depending on the infecting strain and the host. Our focus over the last years has been to identify genes of Toxoplasma that modulate the host cell and/or determine virulence, host genes and pathways that determine resistance/susceptibility, and to characterize their specific interactions. To achieve this we use a combination of genetics, genomics, biochemistry, microscopy, immunology and computational tools.
Accepting Students:

 

Roger Sciammas
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Center for Comparative Medicine
Address: Center for Comparative Medicine, County Rd 98 at Hutchison Drive
Phone:
E-mail: rsciammas@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://ccm.ucdavis.edu/faculty/sciammas/
Research interests: Antibody is an important component of immunity; however, it needs to be tightly controlled to prevent excessive immune-mediated damage. The specificity, quality and quantity of antibody are regulated by distinct mechanisms which are coordinated to ensure an effective immune response. Coordination depends upon transcriptional control of gene regulatory networks that both induce the expression of antibody secretory gene programs while simultaneously repressing alternative gene programs that function to diversify antibodies (and vice versa). Our lab focuses on a better understanding of the control of antibody by investigating transcription factor activity and the architecture of gene regulatory networks in which they are embedded.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Barbara L. Shacklett
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Microbiology & Immunology and The Division of Infectious Diseases
Address: 3327 Tupper Hall
Phone: (530) 752-6785
E-mail: blshacklett@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medmicro/staff/shacklett.html
Research interests: Cell-mediated immune responses to HIV-1 and other viruses in mucosal lymphoid tissues, and trafficking of lymphoid cells to mucosal tissues and the central nervous system.
Accepting Students:

 

Scott I. Simon
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Address: 451 East Health Sciences Drive
Phone: (530) 752-0299
E-mail: sisimon@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.bme.ucdavis.edu/simonlab/
Research interests: Interested in blood-cell function, but specific area of interest is the behavior of one type of white blood cell, called the neutrophil. Neutrophils are in concentrations of about a billion per liter and circulate in the vasculature for only a few hours before being cleared in organs. Their goal over this interval is to surveil the circulation and peripheral tissues for bacteria and other foreign invaders and to home to sites of inflammation.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Jay Solnick
Degree Held: M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Microbiology & Immunology and The Center for Comparative Medicine
Address:  
Phone: (916) 734-3815 or ( 530) 752-1333
E-mail: jvsolnick@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: The Solnick laboratory uses the rhesus macaque and mouse models to understand the pathogenesis of Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that commonly infects the stomach where it may cause peptic ulcer disease or gastric adenocarcinoma.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Athena Soulika
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: UCDHS: Dermatology
Address: Shriners Hospital
Phone: (916) 453-5006
E-mail: athena.soulika@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Inflammatory neurological disorders, innate immunity responses within the CNS and how these affect the disease course. Local immune responses in the skin and their effects on injury.
Accepting Students:

 

Ellen E. Sparger
Degree Held: DVM, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Adjunct Professor
Department: Medicine & Epidemiology
Address: 2102 Tupper Hall
Phone: (530) 754-8461
E-mail: eesparger@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Conducting studies to identify molecular determinants of pathogenesis of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) infection in cats and to characterize FIV mutant viruses as attenuated virus vaccines. The use of FIV infection as an animal model for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is based on the observation that FIV induces a fatal immunodeficiency syndrome in cats that is similar to that observed with HIV infection in man. Immunopathogenesis of FIV infection includes severe CD4 T-cell depletion which begins early in infection and progresses during the later stages of infection. Progression of immune dysfunction correlates with the progression of clinical stages such as PGL, ARC, and AIDS observed in the FIV-infected cat.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Charles B. Stephensen
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Adjunct Professor
Department: USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center
Address: 430 West Health Sciences Drive
Phone: (530) 754-9266
E-mail: charles.stephensen@ars.usda.gov
Web site: http://nutrition.ucdavis.edu/faculty/stephensen.html USDA:http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=5405.
Research interests: The role which nutrients--particularly Vitamins A and D--play in immune function and resistance to infectious diseases and, conversely, in the impact of infection on nutritional status. Current work focuses on human observational and intervention studies. Other interests include the effects of gut microbiota on vaccine responses and systemic immune activation.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Jeffrey L. Stott
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 3323 Vet Med 3A
Phone: (530) 752-2543
E-mail: jlstott@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://faculty.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty/jlstott/
Research interests: Developmental, comparative, and clinical immunology with emphasis on bovine, equine, marine mammals, and zoo animal species. Viral and bacterial immunopathogenesis of the fetus and neonate. Immunology of the bovine mammary gland.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Yoshikazu Takada
Degree Held: M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Dermatology
Address: UCDMC, Research III, Suite 3300, 4645 2nd Avenue
Phone: (916) 734-7443
E-mail: ytakada@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://anagen.ucdavis.edu/dermatology/takada.htm
Research interests: Mechanism and regulation of integrin/ligand interactions. Role of integrins in growth factor signaling.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Suzanne S. Teuber
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Address: 451 East Health Sciences Drive, Ste 6513
Phone: (530) 752-4257
E-mail: ssteuber@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Molecular characterization of food allergens associated with life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Effect of seed polyphenolics on immune response and the possible role in development of food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. Cross-reactivity of a food allergy.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Jose V. Torres
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Address: 3226 Tupper Hall
Phone: (530) 752-3157
E-mail: jvtorres@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medmicro/staff/torres.html
http://drtorres.org
Research interests: Our laboratory is dedicated to the study of cancer. Our work includes: design, development and testing of new tumor vaccine components, study of tumors that avoid recognition and elimination by the human immune system, development of preventive and therapeutic approaches against cancer and induction of cellular and mucosal immune responses. Current interests include: tumor immunology, cancer immunotherapy, cancer-associated viruses, LTNP to AIDS and preventive and therapeutic vaccines against cancer and cancer-associated viruses.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Renee M. Tsolis
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Address: GBSF, Room 5519
Phone: (530) 754-8497
E-mail: rmtsolis@ucdavis.edu
Web site: https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/medmicro/Faculty_MR/Tsolis/tsolis_index_mr.html
Research interests: Host-pathogen interactions during bacterial infections.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Joseph M. Tuscano
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Hematology & Oncology
Address: UC Davis Cancer Center, 4501 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (916) 734-3371
E-mail: joseph.tuscano@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://lymphomaweb.com/
Research interests: Myeloid and lymphatic signal transduction abnormalities; their role in human disease.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Judy Van de Water
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor in Residence
Department: MED: Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Address: GBSF, 6th Floor, Room 6512
Phone: (530) 752-2154
E-mail: javandewater@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindinstitute/ourteam/faculty_staff/vandewater.html
Research interests: Immunopathology and the cellular and molecular basis of autoimmunity. Current research addresses the biological aspects of autism spectrum disorders including immune function, cellular mechanisms of immune dysregulation, and autoimmunity. She is particularly interested in the gestational immune environment and how that impacts neurodevelopment. In addition, Dr. Van de Water's research addresses the role of environmental exposures on neurodevelopment as it relates to the immune system.
Accepting Students: Yes

 

Andrew T. Vaughan
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: UCDHS: Department of Radiation Oncology
Address: 4501 X Street, Ste G140, Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone:
E-mail: andrew.vaughan@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: My research interests are in the very earliest events that drive the development of leukemia.  These are likely linked to the fragmentation of chromosomes and their subsequent fusion to other sites.  It appears that a restricted region of the MLL (Mixed lineage leukemia) gene at 11q23 is routinely involved in therapy related Acute Myeloid Leukemia (tAML) and Infant Acute Leukemia (IAL).  We are trying to determine what drives such location specific aberrations with the goal of developing ways of suppressing such events.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Robert H. Weiss
Degree Held: M.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Nephrology
Address: GBSF, Rm 6312
Phone: (530) 752-4010
E-mail: rhweiss@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: My research is focused on signaling, metabolic reprogramming, and biomarkers in kidney cancer and hereditary kidney disease.
Accepting Students: Maybe

 

Reen Wu
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor
Department: Internal Medicine and Anatomy, Physiology, & Cell Biology
Address: GBSF Suite 6523
Phone: (530) 752-2648
E-mail: rwu@ucdavis.edu
Web site:
Research interests: Roles of airway epithelial cells in lung diseases and airway mucosal immunity, embryonic stem cell biology and regenerative lung biology and medicine, epigenetic mechanism.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Heike Wulff
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Department: Pharmacology
Address:
Phone: (530) 754-6135
E-mail: hwulff@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/pharmacology/departmentlabs/heikewulff.html
Research interests: Ion channels in the immune system.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Susan Zunino
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Associate Adjunct Professor
Department: Nutrition
Address: Western Human Nutrition Research Center, 430 West Health Sciences Drive
Phone: (530) 752-5156
E-mail: susan.zunino@ars.usda.gov
Web site: http://www.ars.usda.gov/pandp/people/people.htm?personid=34944
Research interests: My lab is interested in the regulation of genomic stability, gene transcription, and protein translation in immune cells in response to phytochemicals and their metabolites. We are particularly interested in the epigenetic regulation of genome stability in response to genotoxic and oxidative stress, and the role that phytochemical antioxidants may play in controlling these responses. Other areas of interest include anti-inflammatory activities of phytochemicals and prevention of autoimmunity.
Accepting Students: Not Currently

 

Huaijun Zhou
Degree Held: Ph.D.
Title: Professor and Chancellor's Fellow
Department: Animal Science
Address: 2247 Meyer Hall
Phone: (530) 752-1034
E-mail: hzhou@ucdavis.edu
Web site: http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/faculty/Zhou
http://biosci3.ucdavis.edu/FacultyAndResearch/FacultyProfile.aspx?FacultyID=14441
Research interests: Research in immunogenetics, molecular genetics, functional genomics, and bioinformatics. My group is focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of host-pathogen interaction including disease resistance, immune response, and pathogenesis of infection. The overall goals are to understand genetic regulation of host response and basic mechanisms of pathogen virulence in animals, to identify host and pathogen genes that are involved in the host-pathogen interplay. The pathogens of interest include avian influenza virus, Newcastle disease virus, Salmonella and Campylobacter. Another area of my research is to functionally annotate regulatory elements of livestock species by integrating RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, DNA methylation and DNase-seq to identify conserved regulatory elements across different tissues and differenct species.
Accepting Students: Yes

*Status of "Accepting Students" is subject to change without notice