dybvigProfessor of Genetics

Address: 720 20th Street S
Kaul Building, 720A
Birmingham, AL 35294
Telephone: (205) 934-9327
FAX: (205) 975-4418
Email: dybvig@uab.edu






B.A. (Physics), Kenyon College,1976
MS (Biophysics),University of Rochester, 1978
Ph.D. (Biophysics), University of Rochester, 1981
Post-doctoral Fellow, Washington University, 1981-1983
Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1984-1986

Research Interests

Dr. Dybvig’s research is focused on the basic biology and pathogenic mechanisms of mycoplasmas. The mycoplamas are a group of bacteria that cause a variety of chronic diseases including pneumonia and arthritis in humans and animals. The experimental infection of murine animals with mycoplasmas serves as models for understanding host-pathogen interactions in humans. A major effort is directed towards understanding the development of pneumonia caused by infection with the respiratory and genital pathogen Mycoplasma pulmonis. A second major effort is directed toward understanding the development of arthritis caused by infection of Mycoplasma arthritidis. Mycoplasmal factors associated with disease severity, host factors associated with protection, and host factors associated with high risk are under study.