Faculty and Staff Directory

3002 Cowley Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601
PHONE: (608) 785-6960;
FAX: (608) 785-6460
CHAIR: Dr. S.N. Rajagopal

The Department Microbiology has eleven Microbiologists with full time commitments in the Microbiology curriculum and ten additional faculty with partial responsibilities in Microbiology instruction. The Microbiology faculty strive to ensure that students master the material necessary to become competent, practicing Microbiologists. Each is dedicated, helpful, and interested in the student's success and is committed to quality undergraduate education. Faculty are supported by three staff members that run the Microbiology Prep room. The prep room staff, along with numerous student employees, ensure that each Microbiology laboratory is set up to allow students maximum hands-on experience in state-of-the-art techniques in Microbiology.


Contact Info

Service Started

Instructional Areas

Research Interests/ Other Responsibilities
Sue Anglehart
131 Wittich Hall
785-8247 sanglehart@uwlax.edu
1997 Fundamentals of Microbiology, Microbes and Society, Health Wellness & Disease New Methods in teaching Microbiology, High School Outreach, Micro Club co-Advisor
Marisa Barbknecht
130 Wittich Hall
785-6968  mbarbknecht@uwlax.edu
2009 Fundamentals of Microbiology lab, Microbes and Society, Immunology lab Oversight of Microbes and Society lab
Bonnie Jo Bratina
3029 Cowley Hall
785-6994 bbratina@uwlax.edu
1997 Bacterial Diversity, Bacterial Physiology lab, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Fundamentals of Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Microbes and Society, Capstone, Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Changing the Culture - Women in Science Microflora of Aquatic Slug, Manganese Cycles of Bacteria in the Antarctic Lakes, Nitrification and Denitrification in Upper Mississippi River, Microbiology Club co-Advisor
Michael Hoffman
3023 Cowley Hall
785-6984 mhoffman@uwlax.edu
2000 Virology, Virology lab, Fundamentals of Microbiology lab, Microbes and Society lab, Immunology lab, Health Wellness & Disease Gene expression of human parainfluenza virus
Michael A. Lazzari
3003 Cowley Hall
2010 Clinical Parasitology, Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical Hematology, Urinalysis and Body Fluids, Pathogenic Bacteriology Lab, Immunohematology, Fundamentals of Microbiology lab Clinical Laboratory Management, Continuing Medical Education, and Clinical Lab Science Program director and advisor
S.N. Rajagopal
3036 Cowley Hall
785-6976 srajagopal@uwlax.edu
1986 Food Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Fundamentals of Microbiology, Microbes and Society lab, Health Wellness & Disease Food Microbiology, Coordinator of Microbiology Professional Advisor Board, Department Chairman
Marc A. Rott
3030 Cowley Hall
785-6965 mrott@uwlax.edu
1992 Microbial Genetics, Molecular Biology, Fundamentals of Microbiology, Advanced Genetics, Bioinformatics, Health Wellness & Disease Molecular Biology, Gene Regulation, Microbiology Research and Internship Coordinator
William Schwan
3027 Cowley Hall
785-6980 wschwan@uwlax.edu
1998 Pathogenic Bacteriology, Fundamentals of Microbiology lab, Mechanisms of Pathogenesis, Capstone, Health Wellness & Disease Proline transport systems of S. aureus, Regulation of type 1 pilus expression in uropathogenic E. coli, Transporters of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pre-med advisor
Bernadette C. Taylor
3033 Cowley Hall
785-6990 btaylor@uwlax.edu
1997 Immunology, Advanced Immunology, Fundamentals of Microbiology lab, Health Wellness & Disease, Capstone, Changing the Culture - Women in Science Bovine mammary gland immunology, sea otter immunology, Pre-vet advisor
Peter Wilker
3013 Cowley Hall
785-8248 pwilker@uwlax.edu
2012 Fundamentals of Microbiology lab, Immunology lab Immunology of influenza viruses, Animal models of influenza, Viral adaptation and transmission dynamics
Mike Winfrey
3002 Cowley Hall
785-6964 mwinfrey@uwlax.edu
1981 Bacterial Physiology, Bacterial Diversity, Fundamentals of Microbiology, Health Wellness & Disease, Capstone Microbial Ecology; Microbial Transformations of Mercury


Contact Info
Service Started Instructional Areas Research Interests/ Other Responsibilities
Pam Benzing
304A Cowley Hall
1996 student prep supervision food microbiology
Angie Ratekin
132 Wittich Hall
2002 student prep supervision medical technology
Rebecca Polanowski
304A Cowley Hall
2012 laboratory preparation antimicrobials

Additional faculty involved in the program

Mike Abler, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics, Plant-Microbe Interactions
Scott Cooper, Ph.D.
Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics
Anne Galbraith, Ph.D.
Advanced Genetics, Bioinformatics
Rick Gillis, Ph.D.
Roger Haro, Ph.D.
Stream and Watershed Ecology
David Howard, Ph.D.
Advanced Microscopy & Image Analysis
Mark Sandheinrich, Ph.D.
Aquatic Toxicology, Ecology
Greg Sandland, Ph.D.
Eric Strauss, Ph.D.
Limnology, Standard Methods of Water Analysis
Thomas J. Volk, Ph.D.
Mycology, Medical Mycology, Plant-Microbe Interactions

Adjunct and clinical faculty

William A. Agger, M.D.
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Mark Borchardt, Ph.D.
Marshfield Medical Research Foundation
Steven M. Callister, Ph.D.
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation
Jeffrey E. Christensen, Ph.D.
Marshfield Medical Research Foundation
Jay Ellingson, Ph.D.
Marshfield Food Safety, LLC
David Essar, Ph.D.
Winona State University
Thomas R. Fritsche, M.D., Ph.D., FCAP, FIDSA
Marshfield Laboratories
Randall J. Hunt, Ph.D.
US Geological Survey
Clark B. Hanmer, M.D.
Allergy Choices
Dean Jobe, M.S.
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation
Becky A. Lasee, Ph.D.
Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center, USGS
Steven D. Lovrich, Ph.D.
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Jennifer K. Meece, Ph.D.
Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation
Mary S. Morris, M.D.
Franciscan Skemp Medical Center
Ruth A. Paur , M.S.
Univ. of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Salah S. Qutaishat, Ph.D.
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Kurt Reed, M.D.
Marshfield Laboratories
Jeffrey S. Sartin, M.D.
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center
Sanjay Shukla, Ph.D.
Marshfield Medical Research Foundation
Mary E. Stemper, M.S. M.T.(ASCP)
Marshfield Laboratories
Purnendu C. Vasavada, M.D.
University of Wisconsin - River Falls

For more information about the Microbiology major, contact:
Dr. S.N. Rajagopal, Chair
Department of Microbiology