Michael D. L. Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Immunobiology
Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Michael D. L. Johnson, PhD

Academic / Professional Bio: 

Michael D. L. Johnson received his bachelors from Duke University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied the effects of calcium on bacterial motility and attachment under the mentorship of Matthew Redinbo. For his postdoctoral training, Michael Johnson went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in order to work with Jason Rosch on metal homeostasis of Streptococcus pneumoniae and subsequently with Douglas Green on the mechanisms of LC3-associated phagocytosis. Michael Johnson joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2016.

Research Interests: 

Metals serve as vital nutrients to all biological systems. The overall goal of my laboratory is to investigate how bacteria maintain homeostasis within the metal milieu. This goal involves determining how metals are processed, the orchestrated response during metal sensing, and the role that the host plays in this process during infection. Understanding how bacteria interact with metals during infections will identify novel therapeutic strategies against bacterial infections. 

PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA: Duke University, 2004
Honors and Awards: 
Keystone Symposia Fellow, 2016
Health Scholar, Aspen Ideas Festival – Spotlight Health, 2015
Post-doctoral Fellow: St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN