The Huntley Laboratory at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences studies:
• Host-pathogen interactions, to develop new strategies to prevent bacterial infections, modulate host immune responses, and understand bacterial pathogenesis. The Huntley lab uses Francisella tularensis (tularemia) as a model intracellular pathogen; • Vaccine development and testing, including live attenuated and recombinant protein vaccines; • Bacterial surface protein function, focusing on molecules involved in host cell invasion, intracellular survival, and immune evasion; • Tick-borne diseases, including understanding how bacterial pathogens infect, persist, and are transmitted by ticks to humans. • Harmful algal bloom (HAB) mitigation strategies, including using beneficial bacterial to degrade HAB toxins (bioremediation). • Mentoring and education of learners in microbiology and infectious disease research and clinical approaches.