Leadership transition in molecular microbiology and immunology

OHSU School of Medicine Dean David Jacoby, M.D., has appointed Susan Hayflick, M.D., Ph.D., as interim chair. She currently also serves as professor and chair of medical and molecular genetics (MMG).

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The Molecular Microbiology & Immunology department is pleased to welcome Lauren Rodda, Ph.D. as an assistant professor as of September 2023. Dr. Rodda’s research focuses on how resident memory B cells interact with their tissue niche in the respiratory tract to provide rapid, cross-reactive protection against repeat infection with respiratory pathogens including RSV, SARS-CoV-2 and influenza. In her prior work, Dr. Rodda delineated the diverse stromal populations that organize B cells functions in lymph nodes and defined the features of SARS-CoV-2-specific immune memory that distinguish infection-imprinted from vaccination-induced immunity. The Rodda Lab will employ antigen-specific flow cytometry, high-parameter microscopy and transcriptomics to study tissue resident memory B cells in both clinical samples and experimental models. Dr. Rodda’s long-term goal is to use these translational findings to inform transmission-reducing respiratory virus vaccines and reveal new therapeutic targets for lung pathologies such as asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

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Congratulations to Paula Sanchez-Molina for being awarded the BrightFocus Foundation Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program fellowship for two years for her work in investigating peripheral immune cells and microglia communication in AD.


Congratulations to Jonathan Pruneda and Ruth Napier for receiving a OCTRI Innovation Programs & Award (OCTRI) for their work using small molecule restoration of UBA5 to treat 
early-onset neurodegenerative disease.

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Ph.D. candidate Leah Huey, Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences (PBMS), was awarded $60,000 by the Cure Blau Syndrome Foundation (CBSF) for her research on Blau Syndrome, a rare pediatric disease that robs those affected of their vision, mobility and in some cases, their life. CBSF raised money for Huey’s research, naming her the foundation’s inaugural Blau Scholar. Read more here

MMI Faculty with Job Openings

Jeff Nolz, Associate Professor.  My laboratory utilizes mouse models of viral, bacterial and parasitic infections to define the cellular...more

Jonathan Pruneda, Associate Professor. Our lab is seeking graduate researchers to join our effort to characterize how pathogenic bacteria...more

Isabella Rauch, Associate Professor. In the Rauch lab we are interested in understanding how epithelial barrier tissues recognize...more

Fikadu Tafesse, Associate Professor. The Tafesse lab is interested in studying the roles of cellular lipids in bacterial and viral pathogenesis...more

Ruth Napier, Assistant Professor. Our lab is recruiting graduate students interested in understanding the cellular and molecular...more

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