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 research involves employing both molecular and immunological techniques to study host-pathogen interactions; specifically those interactions involving the host and fungal pathogens such as Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans. The goals of the lab's studies are to develop new anti-microbial drugs and novel immune prophylactic therapies and/or vaccines that augment host defenses against infections.
The lab has years of experience investigating various vaccine strategies and aspects of the host cellular mediated and antibody mediated immune responses. Research is supported by grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD).
Dr. Wormley's lab has the expertise, instrumentation, and facilities to conduct training and research in the areas of host/pathogen interactions, vaccine development, and microbial pathogenesis. Specifically, the lab utilizes various assays (i.e., flow cytometry, real-time PCR, ELISA, Western Blot, 1D and 2D polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, Luminex-based assays, etc.) to define mechanisms that contribute to the pathogenesis of disease.
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