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Published in This Week on January 21, 2014

Akerley joins UMMC microbiology faculty

Akerley, BrianDr. Brian J. Akerley, an assistant professor of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of microbiology.

He received his B.S. in biology from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, in 1988, and his Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995. He then pursued postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass., from 1996-99.

Akerley briefly joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1999 as an instructor in microbiology and molecular genetics before moving to Ann Arbor, Mich., to become an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. In 2003, he became an assistant professor of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.

An active member of the American Society for Microbiology, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and as an ad hoc reviewer for Molecular Microbiology, Infection and Immunity. He is the author or coauthor of 29 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and six invited papers and book chapters, and has given numerous invited presentations nationally.

Akerley's current research interests include pathogenic mechanisms of Haemophilus influenzae, a cause of middle-ear and lung infections, and factors that promote bacterial colonization of the lung after influenza A virus infection.


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