William J. Steinbach, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Professor in Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Principal Investigator

Consistent with Bill’s dedicated translational approach, he is also a leader in several clinical trials for invasive aspergillosis management, linking nicely with the scientific work to marry the clinical and scientific arenas. He also co-founded and co-chaired the last six International Advances Against Aspergillosis conferences, the most recent of which will take place in Manchester UK. In 2012, he co-chaired the 2nd International Fungal Cell Wall Meeting in France, and organized the 3rd International Fungal Cell Wall Meeting in 2015. Bill is the co-editor of the largest textbook in the field, Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis (ASM Press, 2009). He is also the antifungal editor for the last 6 editions of of Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014), the latest source for antifungal management in children. He is one of the editors of the most comprehensive pediatric infectious diseases textbook available, the 7th edition and the upcoming 8th edition of the Feigin & Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Elsevier, 2013).


D. Chris Cole, BS

Research Technician II


Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from NC State University and performs molecular genetics and characterization, in vitro antifungal susceptibility testing, and other studies of invasive aspergillosis. Chris joined the lab team in October 2016.

Praveen R. Juvvadi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Praveen and Bill have been a collaborative scientific team since 2008. Praveen received a PhD in Biochemistry from Osmania University, India, and postdoctoral training in fungal genetics and biology at the University of Tokyo and University of Sevilla. Praveen's research interests focus on understanding the roles for calcineurin control over hyphal growth and septation and its interactants in Aspergillus fumigatus



Our laboratory has trained multiple post-doctoral fellows, infectious diseases fellows, graduate students, undergraduates, and visiting scientists from several countries.


Lab Alumni


Robert A. Cramer, PhD
Associate Professor, Dartmouth Medical School

Jarrod R. Fortwendel, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Tennessee – Memphis

Nadthanan Pinchai, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mahidol University (Thailand)

Luise E. Rogg, MD, PhD
Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline


Yan Ma, PhD
Associate Professor, Shanxi Medical University of China


Frederic Lamoth, MD
Assistant Professor, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (Switzerland)


Theodor Sauer, MD
Opthalmologist, Private Practice

Christina Schindera, MD
Pediatric Oncologist, Bern University Hospital

Imran Uraizee, MD

Pathology Resident, University of Chicago

Amanda Lilly, BS
Student, Campbell University School of Pharmacy

Kelsey Finn, BS
PhD Student Immunology, Harvard University


Detti Belina, BS



Katie Falloon, BS

Internal Medicine Resident, Johns Hopkins University


Amber Richards, BS

Graduate Student, NC State University


José Vargas-Muñiz, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Tri-I MMPTP)



Hilary Renshaw, BS
PhD Candidate, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology


Hilary has a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from Indiana University-Bloomington and is investigating the role of myosins in Aspergillus fumigatus growth and pathogenesis. Hilary began her doctoral research in our lab in 2013.

Blake Barrington, MS

Research Technician II


Blake has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Science degree in biological and biomedical sciences from North Carolina Central University. He performs molecular genetics and characterization,  in vitro antifungal susceptibility testing, and animal models of invasive aspergillosis. Blake joined our lab team in July 2017.

Keats Shwab, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Tri-I MMPTP


Keats received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Tennessee in 2015 and is currently investigating the role played by protein kinase A in stress adaptation of A. fumigatus. Keats has been with the lab team since 2015.

Duke University Medical Center

Department of Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases
Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology


427 Jones Building, Research Drive, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 | Tel: 919 681 2613  

Steinbach Lab