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Richard Gallo, MD, PhD

Professor and Founding Chair
Department of Dermatology
Skin Innate Immunity, Cathelicidin Antimicrobial Peptides
Ajit Varki, MD

Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Sialic Acids and Siglecs in Bacterial Host-Pathogen Interactions
Michael Karin, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology
Innate Immunity, NFkB/IKK and Inflammasome Signaling
Partho Ghosh, PhD

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

M Protein Structure-Function and Group A Streptococcal Pathogenesis
Pieter Dorrestein, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Pharmacy
Imaging Mass Spectrometry in Bacterial Interactions
Jack Dixon, PhD

Professor of Pharmacology and Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Structural and Functional Biochemistry of Bacterial Toxins
Ethan Bier, PhD
Professor of Biological Sciences
Anthrax and Cholera Toxins Endosome Recycling and Cell Junctions
Christopher Glass, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Cholesterol Metabolism and Phagocyte Innate Immune Function
William Fenical, PhD

Distinguished Professor Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Antibiotic Discovery from Deep Ocean Actinomycetes
Laura Crotty Alexander, M.D.
Laura Crotty Alexander, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
HIF regulation of asthma
Cigarette smoke and pulmonary innate immune defense
Edmund Capparelli, PharmD

Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacy

Developmental Pharmacology and PK/PD of Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy
Jeffrey Esko, PhD

Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Role of Proteoglycans in Bacterial Host-Pathogen Interactions
Bernhard Palsson, PhD
Galletti Professor of Bioengineering
The Systems Biology of Bacterial Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance and Virulence
Emily Troemel, PhD

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Innate Immune Responses to Bacterial  Toxins
Michael Burkart, PhD

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Novel Drug Targets for Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens
Liangfang Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor of Nanoengineering
Biomimetic Nanoparticles to Treat and Prevent  Bacterial Infections
Hal Hoffman, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Inflammasome function in innate immune defense vs. pathogens
David Gonzalez, Ph.D. David Gonzalez, PhD
Asst. Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmacy
Mass spectrometry approaches to host-pathogen interactions


Mark Walker, PhD

University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia

Molecular Pathogenesis and Evolution of Streptococcal Virulence
Randall Johnson, PhD

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK
HIF-1 Regulation of Innate Immunity and Inflammation
Eric Oldfield, PhD

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Medicinal chemistry of virulence factor inhibition in S. aureus
Toby Lawrence, PhD

Center for Immunology
Marseille-Luminy, France

Effects of bacterial toxins on macrophage immune and inflammatory responses
Emanuel Hanski, PhD

Hebrew University
Jerusalem, Israel

Genetic Regulation of Group A Streptococcal Virulence
Bernard Beall, PhD

CDC Streptococcus Laboratory
Atlanta, Georgia
Molecular epidemiology and genetics of group A streptococci
Malak Kotb, PhD

University of North Dakota
Group A Streptococcal Virulence and Immunity
Ze'ev Ronai, PhD

d-Burnham Institute
La Jolla, CA
Autophagy and macrophage innate immune function
Kelly Doran, PhD

Department of Biology
San Diego State University
Bacterial interactions with the blood-brain barrier
Suzan Rooijakkers, PhD

University Medical Center
Utrecht, Netherlands
Bacterial interactions with serum and the complement system
Annelies Zinkernagel, MD, PhD

University of Zurich Hospital
urich, Switzerland
Molecular pathogenesis of group A streptococcal infection
Maren von K÷ckritz-Blickwede, PhD

University of Hannover
Hannover, Germany

Roles of neutrophil extracellular traps in antibacterial immunity
Shauna McGillivray, PhD

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
Innate Immune Resistance Factors of Bacillus anthracis
Ramy Aziz, PhD

Cairo University
Cairo, Egypt & UCSD
Comparative genomics of group A streptococcal virulence factors
George Liu, MD, PhD

Cedar-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
Staphyloxanthin and other MRSA immune evasion factors
Jamey Marth Jamey Marth, PhD

University of California, Santa Barbara & Sanford-Burnham
Glycoprotein Remodeling in Sepsis, Ashwell-Morell Receptor Function
Nina van Sorge
Nina van Sorge, PharmD, PhD

University Medical Center
Utrecht, Netherlands
Streptococcal group carbohydrate antigens
Mona Johannessen, PhD Mona Johannessen, PhD

Arctic University of Norway
Troms°, Norway
Staphylococcal immune evasion virulence factors


Altermune Altermune Technologies

Irvine, CA and London, England
Chemically programmed immunity
vs. antibiotic-resistant pathogens
Aerpio Therapeutics
Aerpio Therapeutics

Cincinnati, Ohio
HIF-1 boosting agents for wound
healing and antibacterial defense
Cidara Therapeutics Cidara Therapeutics

San Diego, CA
CloudbreakTM technology vs.
fungal and bacterial pathogens
Roche PRED Roche Pharma Research &
Early Development (pRED)

Basel, Switzlerland
Antibiotic drug discovery
InhibRX InhibRx

San Diego
, CA
Novel immunotherapies for
antibiotic-resistant pathogens

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