Immunofluorescence staining of human NKT cells clustered with dendritic cells
© J. Gumperz, Gumperz Lab


Anyone who has overcome a bout of the flu or received a vaccination can appreciate the essential, protective role of the immune system. Yet, the simple idea of an individual’s ability to protect itself from foreign agents becomes exponentially more complex when studied at a cellular and molecular level. MMI immunology faculty are no strangers to the labyrinthine world of cells, molecules, and signaling pathways that act in our defense. Some of our faculty focus on broadly applicable immunological phenomena such as the contribution of NKT cell autoreactivity to tolerance, the regulatory role of gamma delta T cells, or mechanisms of leukocyte migration. Other MMI immunology faculty study host-pathogen relationships, often in the context of reliably adapted animal models. The development and efficacy of Blastomyces dermatitidis and Borrelia burgdorferi vaccines, the contribution of innate and adaptive cellular responses to resistance in African trypanosomiasis, and the manipulation of innate immune cells by Toxoplasma gondii constitute a few of the research foci within the context of specific infectious diseases.


Jenny Gumperz

Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Office: (608) 263-6902, Laboratory: 263-6310

4305 Microbial Sciences Building

Anna Huttenlocher

Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and Pediatrics

Office: (608) 265-4642, Laboratory: 265-4669

4205 Microbial Sciences Building

Bruce Klein

Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Office: (608) 263-9217, Laboratory: 263-6203

4303 Microbial Sciences Building

Laura Knoll

Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Office: (608) 262-3161, Laboratory: 262-4242

3303 Microbial Sciences Building

Yun Liang

Assistant Professor

Office: (608) 890-0686, Lab: (608) 890-0688

3205 Microbial Sciences Building

Jeniel Nett

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Office: (608) 262-7494, Laboratory: (608) 265-0417

5203 Microbial Sciences Building

John-Demian (JD) Sauer

Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Office: (608) 263-1529, Laboratory: 263-4230

4203 Microbial Sciences Building

Ronald (Ron) Schell

Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology; Chief Bacteriologist, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Office: (608) 262-3634

613 WI State Lab of Hygiene

Judith (Judy) Smith

Associate Professor

(608) 263-1251

600 Highland Ave - H4/4

Robert (Rob) Striker

Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Office: (608) 263-2994, Laboratory: 263-5794

3301 Microbial Sciences Building