Floyd L. Wormley Jr., Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies
Microsoft President’s Professorship
Phone: (210) 458-6635
Areas of Specialization
» Host-pathogen interactions
» Medical mycology
» Microbial pathogenesis
Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
M.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology; Tulane University
Dr. Wormley’s lab utilizes the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans as a model organism to study host-fungal interactions for the purpose of developing novel immune therapies and/or vaccines to treat or prevent invasive fungal infections. C. neoformans, the causative agent of cryptococcosis, is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that has the propensity to cause respiratory tract infections in severely immune compromised individuals and possesses a unique predilection to invade the central nervous system causing life-threatening meningoencephalitis.
The laboratory uses a variety of immunological and molecular biology techniques together with animal model systems to accomplish our research goals. The ultimate hope is that these studies will lead to a greater understanding of host-fungal interactions and the development of protective immune based therapies against invasive fungal infections.
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