Faculty Expansion

We also began to recruit new faculty members with specific interests in microbial pathogenesis. In 1979, we enticed Michael Gill, an enthusiastic wind-surfer, to move his lab from Harvard to Tufts, bringing to our department his expertise in bacterial toxins.  In 1990, we suffered a major blow, both personally and professionally, when Gill died of a sudden heart attack while playing tennis. 

Ralph Isberg came from Stanley Falkow's lab at Stanford in 1985 to set up a group studying pathogenesis of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Legionella pneumophila.  Isberg is as famous among non-scientists for his construction of a backyard hockey rink as he is among scientists for his outstanding accomplishments in bacterial pathogenesis. Carol Kumamoto, who was initially recruited by the Physiology Department, moved her research unit to our department, bringing projects involving protein secretion in Escherichia coli and differentiation in the pathogenic fungus, Candida albicans.  Kumamoto, a hockey enthusiast, had previously studied secretion in bacteria with Jon Beckwith at Harvard Medical School and bioenergetics in eukaryotic cells with Robert Simoni at Stanford.  In 1986, Claire Moore was recruited from the MIT lab of Phil Sharp; she had invented the first system for studying mRNA 3' end processing in vitro and expanded that work to the Saccharomyces cerevisiae system. Dean Dawson, a kayacker and outdoorsman, is a yeast geneticist who trained with Jack Szostack at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dawson arrived in 1988 and set up a lab studying the mechanism and regulation of meiotic recombination and chromosome segregation. He moved to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in 2006.

Molecular Microbiology PhD


Our department is the administrative home of the Molecular Microbiology PhD Program of the Sackler School