Mary Burtnick

Mary N. Burtnick

Mary Burtnick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Molecular characterization of virulence factors/protective antigens expressed by pathogenic Burkholderia species

Summary

Professional Biography

  • 2017 - present - Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Reno, NV, USA
  • 2016 - 2017 - Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, Mobile, AL, USA
  • 2008 - 2016- Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, Mobile, AL, USA
  • 2003 - 2008 - Visiting Fellow, Laboratory of Zoonotic Pathogens, Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, Hamilton, MT, USA
  • 2002 - 2003 - Postdoctoral Associate, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, San Diego, CA, USA

Courses Taught

  • MICR 100 - Microbes and Society
  • SCI 110 - First Year Experience: Science and Mathematics

Research Interests

Research in the Burtnick laboratory is focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms used by Burkholderia pseudomallei and Burkholderia mallei to persist within eukaryotic cells. Specifically, we are interested in determining how the virulence-associated secretion systems expressed by these facultative intracellular pathogens facilitate their survival and replication within a variety of human and murine cell types. Our laboratory has over 18 years of experience working with pathogenic Burkholderia species and has significant expertise in areas relating to bacterial genetics, pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, vaccine antigen discovery and immune assay development. The main objective of our research is to use the information gained from host-pathogen interaction studies to identify antigens that can be used to develop novel vaccines, diagnostics and immune assays to combat the diseases caused by these important bacterial pathogens.

Current Lab Members

  • Laura Meadows, Staff Research Associate III
  • Lindsey Schmidt, Graduate Student
  • Caitlyn Orne, Graduate Student

Past Lab Members

  • Teresa Shaffer Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

2002: Ph.D., Bacterial Pathogenesis, University of Calgary, Canada
1994: B.Sc., Biology, University of British Columbia, Canada