Olaf Schneewind

Louis Block Professor & Chair
Department of Microbiology
The University of Chicago

A native of Germany, Olaf Schneewind received medical and graduate training at the University of Cologne prior to fellowship training at Rockefeller University and faculty appointments at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Chicago where he is the Louis Block Professor & Chair of the Department of Microbiology. Olaf Schneewind’s research interests are focused on bacterial pathogens and the mechanisms whereby these microbes establish disease processes in their human and animal hosts. Current research activities include nasal colonization and immune evasion by Staphylococcus aureus, the molecular biology of gastrointestinal anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) as well as plague infections and their transmission by flea vectors. For the latter, Olaf Schneewind studies Yersinia pestis genes required for colonization of the flea gut, their impact on the microbiome and their contribution towards plague transmission into vertebrate hosts. 

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