Program Leadership

Welcome From the Director

Anice Lowen, PhD

Anice Lowen, PhD

Welcome to the MMG program at Emory! We offer training in the disciplines of bacteriology and virology, with special interests in the molecular biology and genetics of bacteria and viruses, mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and resistance to therapeutics, and basic principles of microbial physiology and viral replication. Our students perform cutting edge research in these and other areas. They also take advantage of the numerous collaborations available through entities such as the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center, Emory Vaccine Center, Center for Excellence for Influenza Research and Response and the Centers for Disease Control. Here you’ll find an equitable and inclusive professional training environment focused on producing a next generation of scientists poised to make an impact in the microbial sciences and beyond.


Anice Lowen, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies

Shonna McBride, PhD

Recruitment Committee

Luisa Cervantes Barragan, PhD (Head Recruiter)
Rui Kong, PhD
Deanna Kulpa, PhD
Lefteris Michailidis, PhD
Chris Neufeldt, PhD

Executive Committee

Nicole Brown (Student Representative)
Graeme Conn (At-Large Member)
Luisa Cervantes Barragan, PhD (Head Recruiter)
Marcin Grabowicz, PhD (At-Large Member)
Rui Kong, PhD (Co-Recruiter)
Deanna Kulpa, PhD (Seminar Co- Director; Co-Recruiter)
Chris LaRock, PhD (Curriculum Chair)
Lefteris Michailidis, PhD (Co-Recruiter)
Bo Liang, PhD (At-Large Member)
Anice Lowen, PhD (Director)
Shonna McBride, PhD (Director of Graduate Studies)
Chris Neufeldt, PhD (Seminar Co-Director; Co-Recruiter)
Tim Read, PhD (Web Advisory Representative/Social Media)
David Weiss, PhD (At-Large Member)