Welcome to the Missiakas-Schneewind Lab


Discovering the Magic in Microbiology


Human Pathogens, Dedicated Research

Here at the Missiakas-Schneewind Lab, we devote our time to the study of pathogens with importance to humans.

Staphylococcus aureus in fibrinogen

Image taken by Mohini Bhattacharya

Staphylococcus aureus

Image taken by Amany Moawad

Sterne strain of Bacillus anthracis

Image taken by Maria Krunic

Our Research Focuses On:

Understanding the molecular biology of bacteria pathogenic to humans.

Investigating the means whereby bacteria cause disease or escape the immune system of infected hosts.

Developing vaccines and therapeutics to prevent or treat human infectious diseases.

We are affiliated with the Department of Microbiology at the University of Chicago.



Our research is conducted primarily at the Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory (HTL), located at Argonne National Laboratory.