A University Distinguished Professor, Beaty researches diseases spread by insects, such as malaria and dengue, West Nile and yellow fever.
Belisle focuses on the physiology of bacterial pathogens that cause tuberculosis, leprosy and tularemia, and how products of these bacteria interact with the hosts.
Dr. Bowen researches viral diseases that affect domestic and wild animals and spill over into human populations, including COVID-19.
Dr. Gregg Dean, head of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, is currently investigating a possible vaccine against the COVID-19 based on the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Foy researches the interactions of vectors with their hosts and with vector pathogens to discover how to control arthropod-borne diseases such as Zika virus.
University Distinguished Professor Dr. Ed Hoover researches prions and retroviruses and experimental vaccines for prion infections. He developed the FeLV vaccine against the retrovirus that caused leukemia in cats.
Dr. Lappin researches prevention of upper respiratory and infectious diseases, vaccine-associated side effects and zoonoses of cats.
Suchman’s research focuses on using active learning to augment undergraduate learning in large lecture microbiology courses. She has also studied parvo viruses that infect mosquitoes.