Texas Tech University

Focus Areas

 
 
 
Salmonella Lubbock, discovered at Texas Tech by Marie Bugarel, PhD, dividing into 2 daughter cells (mitosis).Microbiologist processing samples of presumed high consequence infectious diseases requiring BSL-3 practices in the Biological Threat Research LaboratorySample collection for the investigation on the mammary gland microbiome in cows under organic management

 

The center consists of five focus areas. Click to see experts in each area. 

Microbiome, symbiome, resistome

Amanda Brown

  • Plant-parasitic nematodes
  • Vectors (Mosquito) and Humans
  • Hemipteran insects
  • Rhizosphere (involving plants, plant-pests, fungi, viruses, and bacteria)
  • Plant and tree leaves

Caleb Phillips

  • Mammals and bats
  • Wounds
  • Big horn sheep

Corey Brelsfoard

  • Mosquitos, ticks, biting midgets

Warren Conway

  • Wildlife
  • Big-game
  • Ungulates
  • Carnivores
  • Wildlife diseases
  • Migratory birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Avian diseases
  • Toxicology

 

Vaccines and delivery systems

Harvinder Singh Gill

  • Microneedles
  • Influenza vaccines
  • Oral vaccination
  • Nanoparticles for vaccine development
  • Peptide and subunit vaccines

Subramanian Dhandayuthapani

  • Vaccine development
  • Pathogenic mechanisms
  • Tuberculosis
  • BCG
  • Mycobacterium
  • Mycoplasma
  • Mouse model
  • Immune mechanisms
  • Macrophages
  • Antigen presentation
  • Genetic engineering
  • Bacterial genetics

Antimicrobials and resistance

Guy Loneragan

  • Livestock health
  • Antimicrobial use and resistance
  • Salmonella

Vinicius Machado

  • Metritis
  • Resistome (Antibiotic resistance)

Noureddine Abidi

  • AntimicrobialsAntimicrobial films
  • Characterization techniques

Mingtao Zeng

  • Anthrax
  • Antigen and drug delivery
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Botulism
  • Human gastrointestinal microbiota
  • Influenza
  • MicroRNA
  • Mucosal immunity
  • Nontypeable Haemophilus influenza
  • Respiratory infection
  • RNA interference
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Tularemia
  • Vaccine
  • Zika virus

Zoonotic agents and vector biology

Steve Presley

  • Influenza surveillance
  • Transmission of Brucella spp., Coxiella burnetii, Francisella tularensis, and Trypanosoma cruzi
  • Screening west nile virus, encephalitis, flava viruses. Rift valley fever
  • Testing raw milk and dairy products

Disease evolution, epidemiology, and ecology

Jorge Salazar-Bravo

  • Ecology of disease emergence
  • Biology of hosts/reservoirs of mammarenaviruses
  • Environmental niche modeling and species distribution to predict host presence

Robert Bradley

  • Origin and evolution of rodent-borne viruses
  • Epidemiology and zoonoses of mammalian-borne viruses
  • Growth and utilization of natural history collections
  • Development of bioinformatics for natural history collections.

Warren Conway

  • Wildlife
  • Big-game
  • Ungulates
  • Carnivores
  • Wildlife diseases
  • Migratory birds
  • Waterfowl
  • Avian diseases
  • Toxicology

Alok Kumar Dwivedi

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Research design
  • Meta-analysis
  • Predictive modeling
  • STATA

Zuber D. Mulla

  • Epidemiology
  • Women's health
  • Faculty development