Graduate Faculty

Regular Graduate FacultyResearch Interests
Vivek R. Nerurkar, Ph.D. – Department ChairPathogenesis of infectious diseases; delineating cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying microbe-host interaction
Sandra P. Chang, Ph.D. – Graduate ChairImmunology and vaccine development; vaccination and One Health education
William L. Gosnell, Ph.D.Host parasite interactions, malaria, immunology / Immunopathogenesis of emerging parasitic infections
George S. N. Hui, Ph.D.Parasitology, immunology, cell biology
Kalpana J. Kallianpur, Ph.D.Brain imaging, neuroAIDS, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder
Pakieli H. Kaufusi, Ph.D.Pathogenesis of West Nile virus / Molecular Pathogenesis of Emerging RNA viruses
Iris Kimura, Ph.D.Kinesiology; exercise for elderly and HIV/AIDS patients
Axel Lehrer, Ph.D.Viral vaccine development
Iain MacPherson, Ph.D.HIV/AIDS biomarkers, HIV vaccine development
Jourdan McMillan, Ph.D.Effect of molecular adjuvants on B cell development
Juwon Park, Ph.D.Regulation of the development and progression of fibrosis; fibroblast-dependent regulation of inflammation / Tissue Homeostasis, Inflammation, and Resolution
Angela Sy, Dr.P.H.Community Engaged Research / Research Training for Underrepresented Students
Albert To, Ph.D.Viral vaccine development, viral seroepidemiology
Alanna Tseng, Ph.D.SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance, serology
Saguna Verma, Ph.D.
Graduate Co-chair
Molecular, biochemical aspects of viral diseases / Immunopathogenesis of emerging viruses
Wei-Kung Wang M.D., D.S.Pathogenesis of arboviral and zoonotic viruses
Angel Yanagihara, Ph.D.Biochemistry of cubozoan venom
Emeritus Faculty
Virginia S. Hinshaw, Ph.D.Influenza virus epidemiology, pathogenicity, immunology and vaccines
Arwind Diwan, Ph.D.Virology
DeWolfe Miller, Ph.D.Epidemiology of infectious diseases
Leslie Tam, Ph.D.Medical microbiology and immunology
Diane Taylor, Ph.D.Malaria immunology
Karen Yamaga, Ph.D.Immunology
Richard Yanagihara, M.D., M.P.H.Transdisciplinary investigations of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, use of infectious agents as biological markers to trace ancient and recent movements of human populations
Cooperating Graduate Faculty
John M. Berestecky, Ph.D.Enteric bacteria
John Chen, Ph.D.Applied statistics, data science, healthcare data analytics, research design, statistical education and collaboration, statistical resources development
Youping Deng, Ph.D.Bioinformatics, biomedical informatics, cancer, genomics, systems biology
Tung Hoang, Ph.D.Pathophysiology, genomics and transcriptomics of pathogenic bacteria
Vedbar KhadkaBioinformatics
Yuanan Lu, Ph.D.Gene therapy for HIV-1 infection, gene transfer approaches for neuroAIDS, immunodiagnosis of herpesvirus infection of green turtles, aquaculture virology
Marian E. Melish, M.D.Staphylococcal infection and toxins, clinical infectious disease, Kawasaki syndrome
Sladjana Prisic, Ph.D.Ribosomal regulation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Affiliate Graduate Faculty
Brenda Hernandez, Ph.D.Human papilloma virus, hepatitis virus, viral carcinogenesis, epidemiology
Jennifer Honda, Ph.D.Environmental, host, and microbial factors driving nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease emergence
Stacey Honda, M.D.Tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial lung disease, molecular markers of cancer
Allison Imrie, Ph.D.Dengue immunology and epidemiology
LTC Edwin Kamau, Ph.D.Viral and parasitic diseases, including malaria
Mukesh Kumar, Ph.D.Virus-host interactions
Michael LiebermanVaccinology
Kevin Palmer, Ph.D.Global public health and tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue and lymphatic filariasis
Cecilia Shikuma, M.D.HIV/AIDS clinical trials
Bruce Shiramizu, M.D. Pathology of HIV-associated disorders
Adjunct Faculty
Melissa Agsalda-Garcia, Ph.D.Anal cancer/dysplasia screening for HIV+ patients
Vernon E. Ansdell, M.D.Geographic, travel medicine
Alan Garcia, Ph.D.Clinical immunology including acute rheumatic fever; monoclonal antibody technology
Allison Imrie, Ph.D.Dengue immunology and epidemiology
James F. Kelley, Ph.D., M.P.H.Pathogenesis of flaviviruses; malaria surveillance
Kenton Kramer, Ph.D.Parasitology, epidemiology, leptospirosis, HIV serodiagnosis
Lishomwa Ndhlovu, M.D., Ph.D.HIV immunology
Marc Le Pape, Ph.D.Biomedical informatics; application of computer science, cognitive science and statistics to the design of Health Management Information Systems
Napapon Sailasuta, Ph.D.Develop novel MR spectroscopy and imaging techniques to understand disease pathogenesis
Diane W. Taylor, Ph.D.Immunology of malaria in pregnant women and newborns
Tina Tauasosi
Catherine F. Yamauchi, Ph.D. Healthcare research