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Member Laboratories/Research Groups (Listed by PI Name)

Prescott Atkinson, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Immune dysregulation during mycoplasmosis; Mycoplasmosis and asthma

Faculty Page

 

Mitch Balish [Chair],  Miami University College of Arts and Science

Morphology, organization, and division in mycoplasma species; Characterization of mycoplasma virulence factors; Mycoplasma genomics

Faculty Page  The Balish Lab on Facebook

 

Joel Baseman, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Characterization of CARDS toxin; Characterization of virulence factors 

Faculty Page

 

Dan Brown, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary mycoplasmosis; Mollicutes taxonomy; Virulence factor characterization; Comparative genomics; Mollicutes Culture Collection (curator)

The Mollicutes Collection of Cultures and Antisera  Faculty Page 

 

Mary Brown, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

Urogenital mycoplasmosis; Wildlife mycoplasmosis

Faculty Page

 

Mick Calcutt, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

Genomics and genome architecture; Characterization of novel mobile genetic elements 

Faculty Page

 

Rachel Derscheid, Iowa State University

Swine mycoplasmas; Mycoplasma diagnostics in domestic animals

Faculty Page

Subramanian Dhandayuthapani (Pani), Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Texas Tech University

Virulence factor characterization; Pathogen-pathogen interactions involving urogenital mycoplasmas

Faculty Page

 

Kevin Dybvig, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Mycoplasma biofilms; Mollicutes glycobiology

Faculty Page

 

Naola Ferguson-Noel, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

In vivo virulence; Avian mycoplasmosis; Diagnostics and surveillance of mycoplasmosis in poultry 

Faculty Page  UGA Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center 

 

Steve Geary, University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

Comparative genomics; Virulence factor characterization; Vaccine development 

Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research  Faculty Page 

 

John Glass, J. Craig Venter Institute

Synthetic biology; Minimal genome concept

Bio Page  JCVI Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Group Page 

 

Rajesh Grover, The Scripps Research Institute

Hypothetical protein characterization; Mycoplasma-host interactions

 

T.R. Kannan, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Characterization of CARDS toxin; Characterization of virulence factors 

Faculty Page

 

Duncan Krause, University of Georgia College of Medicine

Attachment organelle ultrastructure; Next generation diagnostics for respiratory mycoplasmosis

Lab Page  Faculty Page 

 

Tom Krunkosky, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Epithelial modeling for studying host-mycoplasma interactions

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Lisa Manhart, University of Washington School of Public Health

Clinical epidemiology of sexually transmitted mycoplasmas and interactions with other pathogens

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Meghan May [Secretary General], University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Mycoplasmas as a model for pathogen evolution; Evolvability of virulence factors; Genotypic and phenotypic population diversity

Faculty Page

 

Chris Minion, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Genomics, transcriptomics, and vaccine development for veterinary (swine) mycoplasmas

Lab Page  Faculty Page 

 

Hong Mu, University of Utah School of Medicine

Mycoplasma superantigens 

Faculty Page

 

Maria Pieters, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Diagnostics, epidemiology, control, and elimination of swine mycoplasmosis

Lab Page   Faculty Page

Rachel Pritchard, Kentucky Wesleyan College

Microbiology education; Mycoplasma virulence factors

KWC Page

 

Ryan Relich, Indiana University School of Medicine

Clinical microbiology

Research Group  Faculty Page 

Nadia Rodríguez, Tropical Medicine Institute "Pedro Kourí"

Diagnostics for urogenital and respiratory mycoplasmas; Antimicrobial resistance in mycoplasmas

Lab Page

 

Larry Silbart, University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

Correlates of immune protection during avian mycoplasmosis

Faculty Page

Steven Szczepanek, University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

Vaccine development

Faculty Page

Pat Totten, University of Washington School of Medicine

Antimicrobial resistance, antigenic variation, and diagnostics for urogenital mycoplasmosis

Faculty Page 

 

Sanjay Vashee, J. Craig Venter Institute

Synthetic biology approaches to vaccine development

Bio Page  JCVI Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Group Page 

 

Rose Viscardi, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Neonatology; Ureaplasmosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in neonates

Faculty Page 

 

Ken Waites, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Clinical mycoplasmology; Antimicrobial resistance in mycoplasmas; Comparative genomics of clinical isolates (Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma species)

Consultation and Diagnostic Specimen Submission  Faculty Page 

 

Jonas Winchell, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Respiratory Disease Branch

Next generation diagnostics and surveillance for respiratory mycoplasmosis 

Principal Investigator Profile

 

Kim Wise, J. Craig Venter Institute

Synthetic biology approaches to virulence factor characterization and vaccine development

Bio Page  JCVI Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Group Page 

 

Li Xiao, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Clinical mycoplasmology; Antimicrobial resistance in mycoplasmas; Comparative genomics of clinical isolates (Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma species)

Faculty Page

 

Xiaotian Zheng, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Antimicrobial resistance and diagnostics for respiratory mycoplasmosis 

Faculty Page

 

 

Schematic representation of Mycoplasma pneumoniae based on simultaneous  transcriptomic, proteomic, and tomography studies in one of the first complete "systems biology" reports [Image: Kuhner et al., 2009]

Septic joint in a chicken with avian mycoplasmosis due to Mycoplasma synoviae  [Image: Ferguson-Noel 2010]

Chest X-ray indicating "walking pneumonia" caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, in a human [Image: Lukesh Guglani]

House finch conjunctivitis caused by Mycoplasma gallisepticum following a host jump from poultry serves as an excellent model for studying emerging infectious diseases [Image:Ley et al., 1997]

A colony of  Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. capri  JCVIsyn1.0, the world's first synthetically  created organism [Image: Gibson et al., 2010]

Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, a feature of porcine respiratory disease complex, attaching to swine cilia to establish infection 

[Image: F. C. Minion]

Ribosomal phylogram  representing all 3 domains of life.  The class Mollicutes (indicated) show the deepest branches, and appear to be among the most rapidly evolving living things [Image: M. May, via iTOL]

Scanning electron microscopy images of  Mycoplasma amphoriforme in process of dividing, as indicated by multiple attachment organelles 

 [Image: Hatchel et al., 2006]