Mary Jo LaPointe (734) 936-7934
Areas of Interest
Research Interests: Our laboratory's research interests are focused on the interaction between the microbiome and the immune system, both in control of pulmonary and intestinal inflammation and in control of infectious diseases (bacterial and fungal). Projects include the role of immune system-microbiome interactions in respiratory disease (COPD, allergy, IPF, lung inflammation) and in Clostridium difficile infection. We utilize an interdisciplinary approach that combines research in pathophysiology, immunology, bacterial physiology and virulence, microbial ecology and microbial bioinformatics. Our translational research includes clinical sample analysis, in vitro experiments and in vivo models.
Pulmonary Diseases Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Ph.D., 1990, University of Texas Southwestern Health Sciences Center at Dallas