Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Alan Hauser Laboratory

Lab Members

Meet the Hauser Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator

 
Alan Hauser

Alan Hauser, MD/PhD
ahauser( at )northwestern.edu
Professor in Microbiology-Immunology and Medicine-Infectious Diseases
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Our laboratory investigates the pathogenesis of the multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. We focus on virulence factors such as the type III secretion, an apparatus that injects toxins directly into host cells. Other interests are the use of genomic approaches for the identification of novel virulence determinants and the development of novel translational approaches to treat bacterial infections. Our studies utilize a broad range of techniques, including molecular and cellular assays as well as animal models and epidemiologic studies on human populations.

Research Collaborators

 
Larry Kociolek

Larry Kociolek, MD
larry-kociolek( at )northwestern.edu
Instructor in Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases
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My research interests are in the areas of healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control, particularly Clostridium difficile infections. I am exploring various aspects of C. difficile infection, including clinical and molecular epidemiology, antibiotic resistance, and host immune response.

FiorellaKrapp Lopez, MD

Fiorella Krapp Lopez, MD
fiorella.krapp( at )northwestern.edu
MD Fellow

I completed medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru and Internal Medicine residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. I joined the Hauser Lab in June 2015 during my second year of Infectious Disease Fellowship at Northwestern University. My research focuses on the genomic characterization of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, with the goal of evaluating how different genetic traits affect antibiotic susceptibility and clinical outcomes of patients infected by these pathogens.

 
Egon Ozer

Egon Ozer, MD/PhD
e-ozer( at )northwestern.edu
Assistant Professor in Medicine-Infectious Diseases
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My research is focused on uncovering mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection and other clinically relevant bacterial diseases. We are using comparative bacterial genomics to identify new genes and other factors that contribute to worse outcomes in patients infected with these bacteria.

MaulinSoneji, MD

Maulin Soneji, MD
maulin.soneji( at )northwestern.edu
MD Fellow

I completed medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and then completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Loma Linda University. I joined the Hauser Lab in August of 2016 during my second year of fellowship. My research focuses on genomic characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the lungs of patients with Cystic Fibrosis with the goal of evaluating how different genetic traits may lead to non-eradication of Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Postdoctoral Fellows

 
Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen, PhD
jonathan.allen( at )northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My research focuses on the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. I helped implement an innovative genomics-based approach to identify novel virulence determinants in the accessory genome of this important pathogen. I am currently investigating the role of several of these factors (identified in our screen) to determine their specific pathogenic function. I enjoy playing soccer and basketball, and finding the best whiskey bars Chicago has to offer.

KellyBachta, MD/PhD

Kelly Bachta, MD/PhD
Kelly.Bachta( at )northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow

Following my MD/PhD at the University of Chicago, I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle followed by an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. I recently moved back to Chicago in July of 2016 as an instructor in the Infectious Diseases Division and a post-doctoral fellow in the Hauser Laboratory. My research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia and uncovering novel secreted proteins important for virulence. In my free time, I enjoy cheering for my alma mater, the University of Maryland, in men’s basketball (GO TERPS!), a good local microbrew, and spending time with my husband and daughter re-exploring the windy city that we all love.

 
Andrew Morris

Andrew Morris, PhD
andrew.morris1( at )northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Loyola University Chicago. I completed my PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola in 2013. I joined the Hauser lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in April 2013. My research project investigates the pathogenesis of the opportunistic pathogen Klebsiella pneumoniae. I utilize comparative genomics coupled with virulence studies to identify novel determinants contributing to K. pneumoniae pathogenesis.

TimTurner, PhD

Tim Turner, PhD
tim( at )northwestern.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State University in 2011 and my Ph.D. in Food Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. I have investigated a variety of microbiological areas of research including treatment of parasitic Leishmania spp. and engineering of yeast for renewable chemical production. I joined the Hauser lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2016 studying pathogenic Pseudomonas spp. In my free time, I enjoy telling my wife about all the cute dogs I saw on my walk to/from the lab.

Graduate Students

 
Mallory Agard

Mallory Agard
mallory.agard( at )northwestern.edu
Graduate Student (DGP)

I earned my bachelor’s degree in 2009 from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Bacteriology. I then earned a master’s degree from Tulane University in 2012 in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. I joined the Hauser lab in 2014 to identify novel virulence determinants in contemporary clinical Acinetobacter baumannii isolates using comparative genomics approaches. In my free time, I love discovering new music and enjoying wilderness activities such as rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and canoeing.

Ami Hughes
AmiHughes2015( at )u.northwestern.edu
Graduate Student (MPH/PhD)

I completed my BS in Biochemistry and BA in French Language at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, in 2009. Having worked as a technician in a Developmental Biology lab at Clemson, I transitioned to Microbiology when I joined the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern University in 2010. I joined the Hauser lab in 2011 where I am a dual degree student working on a PhD in Microbiology and a Master of Public Health degree. My work here focuses on the role of RhsT during Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia.

 
NathanPincus

Nathan Pincus
nathan.pincus( at )northwestern.edu
Graduate Student

I earned my BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 2013. I started in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Northwestern University in 2014 and joined the Hauser lab in 2016. My research focuses on using comparative genomics to uncover factors important in determining disease severity of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in humans.

Angelica Zhang

Angelica Zhang
angelica-zhang( at )fsm.northwestern.edu
Graduate Student

I work on the Pseudomonas aeruginosa Type III secreted protein ExoU and its cytotoxic effects on mammalian cells. Some say I'm a decent classical musician. I also know magic.

Research Staff

 
Katie Murphy, MS

Katie Murphy, MS
kmurphy( at )northwestern.edu
Research Technologist II

I received my master’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015 where I studied the molecular evolution of Antarctic fishes. I joined the Hauser lab in June 2015 as a research technologist. My primary project uses comparative genomics to study the genetic basis of strain virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.