Dr. Wood's current research focuses on Mycoplasma genitalium, a sexually transmitted bacterial pathogen of men and women. M. genitalium infections often persist for months or years if untreated despite the production of specific antibodies. Dr. Wood seeks to understand the mechanisms utilized by M. genitalium to avoid the genital tract immune response and develop strategies to enhance clearance and limit potential damage to the reproductive tract. As M. genitalium is highly resistant to current antibiotic treatments, Dr. Wood has initiated studies to identify novel molecules produced by fungi for development into future therapeutics.
- Mycoplasma genitalium pathogenesis
- Antigenic variation
- Animal models of reproductive tract infection
Education & Training
BS, Microbiology, Washington State University (1991)
PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arizona (1997)