Department of Microbiology, Department of Medicine, and the College
Erin Green’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms driving the spread of nosocomial pathogens, including the emerging multi-drug resistant bacterium Acinetobacter baumannii. A. baumannii and other nosocomial pathogens are frequently found contaminating hospital surfaces and indwelling devices, including ventilators, which serve as major reservoirs for pathogen transmission. A. baumannii is able to survive extended periods of dryness, a process termed desiccation, and this ability is believed to drive hospital outbreaks of this pathogen. Green’s laboratory explores the complex regulatory network employed by A. baumannii to survive desiccation, as well as the mechanisms by which this regulatory response facilitates transmission to the mammalian host.
Her research has been published in Infection and Immunity, ACS Infectious Diseases, Gut Microbes, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, PLOS Pathogens, and Cell Host and Microbe.
Green graduated magna cum laude with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and earned a PhD in molecular microbiology from Tufts University. She completed a fellowship in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University and a fellowship in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University.