New MMG Faculty: Matthew Wargo, PhD, Assistant Professor
The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is pleased to welcome Matthew Wargo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor — our newest faculty member. Dr. Wargo received his Ph.D. in 2005 from Dartmouth College, studying the regulation of eukaryotic flagellar motility with Dr. Elizabeth F. Smith. For postdoctoral research, he studied microbial pathogenesis with Dr. Deborah Hogan at Dartmouth Medical School and mammalian lung biology with Dr. Laurie Whittaker at UVM.
Research in Matt’s laboratory is aimed at addressing the question: Why is Pseudomonas aeruginosa such a successful pathogen in the mammalian lung? Specifically, the lab is examining the intertwined regulation of bacterial virulence and bacterial catabolism of host-derived compounds during infection by P. aeruginosa.