Shabaana A. Khader, PhD

Professor, Molecular Microbiology

Research Interest

Complications


Categories of Research

Basic

Translational


Descriptor of Research

Dr. Shabaana Khader is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology. She is a renowned scholar who has made durable observations about Mycobacterium tuberculosis with substantial translational potential. Her contributions include identifying the role of cytokines such as interleukin-17 in the immune response to M. tuberculosis vaccination, defining mechanisms underlying the distinction between protective and non-protective granulomas in infection, conceptual advances regarding the targeting of cells to optimize TB vaccine efficacy, and others. Diabetes predisposes to M. tuberculosis infection, and the global epidemic of diabetes suggests that this clinical problem will continue to cause substantial complications. Dr. Khader will participate in the activities of a new DRC Core directed by Dr. Jeff Henderson focused on identifying mechanisms responsible for the infectious complications of diabetes.