Laboratory of Bacteriology

Frank R. DeLeo, Ph.D., Chief
Olivia Steele-Mortimer, Ph.D., Deputy Chief

The Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB) studies bacteria that cause important human infections, including intracellular and arthropod-borne bacterial pathogens. In addition, LB conducts research with antibiotic resistant bacteria listed as serious or urgent threats in the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. The ultimate goal of our research is to identify novel or improved strategies to control bacterial diseases, including development of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics. LB maintains a flexible laboratory infrastructure to permit analysis of emerging bacterial pathogens and/or those of special interest.

See the National Action Plan for Combating Antiobiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

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Pathogens Studied (selected)

  • Borrelia burgdorferi
  • Coxiella burnetii
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Francisella tularensis
  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Rickettsia rickettsii 
  • Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium
  • Staphylococcus aureus 
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Yersinia pestis   


The Laboratory of Bacteriology includes the following principal investigators, staff scientists, and/or staff clinicians:

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