Laura Knoll

Position title: Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology


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

3303 Microbial Sciences Building


Lab Website


B.A. – 1989; Saint Olaf College; Northfield, MN
Ph.D. – 1994; Washington University School of Medicine; St. Louis, MO
Postdoctoral Research- Stanford University; Stanford, CA

Areas of Study

Parasitology, Immunology

Research Overview

We study the host/pathogen interactions of protozoan parasites, including Toxoplasma gondii, the causative agent of toxoplasmosis, and T. gondii‘s diarrhea-causing cousins Cryptosporidium parvum and Entamoeba histolytica. We use the latest technologies, including next generation sequencing and mass spectrometry, to uncover parasite and host genes that are necessary for invasive or chronic infection in animals. We then use biochemistry, molecular and cell biology to define the how and why these pathogen and host genes are important.


  • 2012, UW-Madison WARF Romnes Faculty Fellow
  • 2009, Biomedical Research Award from the Hartwell Foundation
  • 2008, Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association
  • 2007, Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society
  • 2003, Shaw Scientist Award, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  • 2000, Burroughs Wellcome Career Award