Professor Julie Pfeiffer

Professor Pfeiffer earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in 2001, working on retroviral recombination, and has been at UT Southwestern since 2006. Her interests include examining impacts of intestinal microbiota on enteric virus infections. Her lab finds that gut microbes are required for replication and pathogenesis of two unrelated enteric viruses, poliovirus and reovirus. Current work is focused on bacteria-mediated viral co-infection and genetic recombination and on how bacteria and bacterial metabolites shape the host environment to influence enteric virus infection.