Chris Larock, Ph.D.
I am an Assistant Professor at Emory University in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Medicine-Div. Infectious Disease and the Antibiotic Resistance Center. My graduate studies (Carleen Collins and Brad Cookson, University of Washington) examined the regulation and activity of Yersinia pestis virulence factors. My postdoctoral work (Victor Nizet, UCSD) focused on how Streptococcus pyogenes resist host defense proteins. I established my independent laboratory 3 years ago with a focus on the host-pathogen interaction during invasive skin and upper respiratory infections by the Streptococci and related pathogens. Through a better understanding the basic mechanisms of pathogenesis, we seek to prevent antibiotic failure and develop host-directed therapeutic strategies. I have been a member of ASM since an undergraduate (Michigan State, ’05), regularly attending branch and national meetings, and have just finished a term on the ASM Microbe Program Committee.