Program Members


Mothes, Walther H

Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

  • Office:(203) 737-2203

Yarbrough, Wendell

Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology
Section Chief, Otolaryngology
Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program
Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Clinical Interests:head & neck cancer; ent cancer, oral cancer, oropharyngeal cancer;throat cancer, laryngeal cancer;voice box cancer, head and neck cancer, squamous cell carcinoma, human papilloma virus, human papillomavirus, salivary cancer, acidic cell carcinoma, adenoid cystic, adenoid cystic carcinoma, mucoepidermoid, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, thyroid cancer, well-differentiated thyroid cancer, medullary cancer, medullary, papillary thyroid cancer, papillary, follicular thyroid cancer, follicular, anaplastic thyroid cancer, anaplastic, lymphoma, skin cancer, melanoma, lip cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, base of tongue cancer, nasal cancer, sinus cancer, esthesioneuroblastoma, buccal cancer, palate cancer, soft palate, hard palate, soft palate cancer, soft palate cancer

  • Appt:(203) 200-4622


Brandsma, Janet L

Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Comparative Medicine and of Pathology

Research Interests:Molecular biology of papillomavirus pathogenesis; Development of protective and therapeutic vaccines for the treatment of human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated disease; Vaccines; Virology

  • Office:(203) 785-4401

DiMaio, Daniel C.

Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Genetics and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology
Scientific Director, Yale Cancer Center
Deputy Director, Yale Cancer Center

Research Interests:Molecular Biology of Tumor Viruses; Mechanisms of Viral Carcinogenesis; Molecular Basis of Cell Growth Regulation and Senescence; Manipulating Cells and Viruses with Artificial Transmembrane Proteins; Oncogenes; Senescence; Signal Transduction; Trans-membrane Proteins; Tumor Suppressor Genes; Virology; Virus

  • Office:(203) 785-2684

El-Guindy, Ayman Sayed

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease)

Research Interests:DNA replication; Tumor virus; Herpesvirus; Oncogenic; Transcription factor; Replication protein; Phosphorylation; Protein modification; Kinase

    Galan, Jorge E

    Lucille P. Markey Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology
    Chair, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests:Microbial Pathogenesis; Host/pathogen interaction

    • Office:(203) 737-2404

    Goodman, Andrew

    Assistant Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

    Research Interests:Microbiota; Microbiome; Genomics; Gnotobiotic; Germfree; Symbiosis; Gut; Flora; Bacteria; Pathogen

      Hudnall, Stanley David

      Professor of Pathology and of Laboratory Medicine
      Director, Hematopathology Program
      Associate Medical Director, Precipio Diagnostics, LLC

      Research Interests:Tumor immunology; Chronic inflammation; Tumor viruses

      • Office:(203) 737-1221

      Issaeva, Natalia

      Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
      Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, Surgery Department

      Research Interests:Oncogenes and tumor suppressors; DNA replication and repair; P53 regulation and signaling; Head and neck cancer; Human papilloma virus

      • Office:(203) 737-6341
      • Appt:(203) 785-5430

      Iwasaki, Akiko

      Professor of Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
      Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
      Howard Hughes Medical Investigator

      Research Interests:Innate immunity; Autophagy; Inflammasomes; Sexually transmitted infections; Herpes simplex virus; Human papillomavirus; Respiratory virus infections; Influenza infection; T cell immunity; Commensal bacteria

      • Office:(203) 785-2919
      • Lab:(203) 785-7662

      Judson, Benjamin L.

      Assistant Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
      Associate Residency Program Director, Otolaryngology
      Medical Director, Ambulatory Clinics, Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven

      • Appt:(203) 200-4622

      Kaech, Susan

      Associate Professor of Immunobiology
      HHMI Early Career Scientist

      Research Interests:Mechanisms of memory T cell development; Developmental Biology; Immunobiology; Immunology; Vaccine; Immunobiology; T-Cells; Vaccines; Adaptive immunity and immunological memory to viruses

      • Office:(203) 737-2423
      • Lab:(203) 785-7661

      Kriegel, Martin Alexander

      Assistant Professor of Immunobiology and of Medicine (Rheumatology)

      Research Interests:Microbiome; Commensals; Host-microbiota interactions; Lymphocytes; Autoimmunity; Th17 cells; Antiphospholipid syndrome; Beta2-glycoprotein; Lupus; Type 1 diabetes

      • Lab:(203) 785-7491
      • Appt:(203) 287-6200

      Kumar, Priti

      Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

      Research Interests:RNA interference (RNAi)-based strategies for treating viral infections

      • Office:(203) 737-3580

      Lindenbach, Brett David

      Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

      Research Interests:Cell Biology; Enveloped Viruses; Hepatitis; Hepatitis C Virus; Molecular Biology; Positive-strand RNA Viruses; RNA; Virology; Virus

      • Office:(203) 785-4705
      • Lab:(203) 785-2377

      Means, Robert

      Research Scientist in Pathology
      Director of Graduate Admissions, Microbiology Program

      Research Interests:Viruses; Immune responses; AIDS-associated cancers; KSHV; Adverse pregnancy events; Oncogenesis; Cancer metabolism; Tumor virology; Herpesviruses

      • Office:(203) 785-6160
      • Lab:(203) 785-7614

      Miller, I George, Jr

      John F. Enders Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease) and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
      Section Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

      Research Interests:Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV); Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV); Tumor virology

      • Office:(203) 785-4758
      • Appt:(203) 785-4730

      Miller-Jensen, Kathryn

      (Leave of absence Spring 2015) Asst Prof Biomedical Eng (SEAS)

        Mothes, Walther H

        Associate Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis

        Research Interests:cell biology; retroviral replication; retroviruses; immune; viral biology; genetic; biochemical; cell imaging; Viral entry and exit; Retroviruses including HIV

        • Office:(203) 737-2203

        Paintsil, Elijah

        Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease), of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology
        Associate Professor of Pharmacology

        Research Interests:HIV translational research; Cellular pharmacology of HIV-RT inhibitors in relation to clinical toxicities; Fitness and evolution of HIV drug resistant mutants; Molecular epidemiology and dynamics of HIV/HCV transmission

        • Office:(203) 785-4730
        • Lab:(203) 785-7119

        Pyle, Anna Marie

        William Edward Gilbert Prof of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
        Director, Division of Biological Sciences

        Research Interests:Structure and function of catalytic RNA; RNA helicase mechanisms; Computational analysis of RNA structure

        • Office:(203) 432-5633

        Robek, Michael

        Director of Graduate Studies

        Research Interests:Virus-host interactions; Viral immunology; Hepatitis viruses; Interferon

        • Office:(203) 785-6174
        • Lab:(203) 785-7672

        Rose, John K

        Professor of Pathology
        Director, Molecular Virology Program

        Research Interests:Virology; Vaccine and gene expression vectors based on rhabdoviruses; Membrane protein assembly, transport and targeting; Viral assembly

        • Office:(203) 785-6184

        Santin, Alessandro D.

        Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
        Clinical Research Program Leader, Gynecologic Oncology Program, Yale Cancer Center

        Research Interests:Mutational landscape of gynecolocic tumors; Therapeutic vaccine development for gynecologic malignancies; Tumor immunology; Immunotherapy; Tumor angiogenesis; Radiation biology; Experimental therapeutics in gynecologic oncology

        • Office:(203) 737-4450
        • Appt:(203) 200-4176

        Schlieker, Christian

        Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

        Research Interests:DYT1 Dystonia, Membrane dynamics; Torsin ATPases; Alternative nuclear transport (nuclear egress); Protein quality control; viral pathogenesis

        • Office:(203) 432-5035

        Steitz, Joan A

        Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
        Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

        Research Interests:Autoantibodies; Gene Expression; RNA; RNA Processing; SnRNPs; Viral Transformation

        • Office:(203) 737-4418

        Sutton, Richard

        Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesis

        Research Interests:HIV replication and the development of small animal models of HIV; HIV vectors; HIV replication and gene transfer into non-dividing cells

        • Office:(203) 737-3648
        • Lab:(203) 737-3632

        Tattersall, Peter John

        Professor of Laboratory Medicine and of Genetics

        Research Interests:Biochemistry; Genetics; Parvoviruses; DNA replication; Gene therapy; Oncolytic virus; Vaccines; Vectors; Viral replication and vectors

        • Office:(203) 785-4586
        • Lab:(203) 785-6517

        Van den Pol, Anthony N.

        Professor of Neurosurgery

        Research Interests:Hypothalamus; Neuroendocrinology; Neural control of energy homeostasis; Neuropeptide modulation of amino acid transmitter actions; Hypocretin/orexin and MCH neurons; Neurovirology; Viral vectors; Oncolytic viruses

        • Office:(203) 785-5823

        Xiong, Yong

        Associate Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

        Research Interests:Innate immune systems; HIV; fatty acid synthase (FAS); polyketide synthase (PKS); Viral vectors

        • Office:(203) 436-2608

        Yarbrough, Wendell

        Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology) and of Pathology
        Section Chief, Otolaryngology
        Co-Director Molecular Virology Research Program
        Director, Head & Neck Cancer Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

        Research Interests:Head and neck oncology; Salivary oncology; Mouse modeling of human cancer; Human-in-mouse cancer models; Tumor suppressor activity; Molecular defects in cancer; NF-kappa B; NF-kB; Signaling; DNA damage; Human papilloma virus; HPV

        • Appt:(203) 200-4622