Cells and Infection (CI)

Cell under a microscope

Core Members: Rene Harrison, Mauricio Terebiznik, Bebhinn Treanor

Research Focus: “Emerging Pathogens” as Environmental Stressors 

Rene Harrison is a cell biologist with expertise in vesicle trafficking, cytoskeleton and electron and advanced fluorescent imaging. Rene works on bone cells but her strength within this group is her interest in pathogen modulation of cell function. She has experience in Salmonella typhimurium, Mycobacterium marinum as well as Chlamydia trachomatis infections and impacts on host cells. Mauricio is a microbiologist who is currently working on Salmonella, Legionella pneumophila and Helicobacter pylori infections. Mauricio is also particularly interested in host cell manipulation by pathogens and is also trained in cell biology and advanced imaging to address these problems. Bebhinn Treanor is another PI with strong ties to this group. Bebhinn is an experienced cell biologist with advanced microscopy expertise. Also, she has a strong grounding in immunology and will contribute this knowledge to the group as well as to undergraduate teaching.