Christopher N. LaRock, PhD
Chris grew up in Michigan and received a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the Lyman Briggs College of Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Washington in Seattle where he examined virulence mechanisms of  Yersinia pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, with Drs. Carleen Collins and Brad Cookson. His postdoctoral work with Dr. Victor Nizet at the University of California, San Diego focused on the innate immune response to group A Streptococcus. Dr. LaRock joined the faculty of Emory University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and Infectious Diseases. He also is affiliated with the Emory Antibiotic Resistance Center.


Doris L. LaRock, PhD
Doris received a B.S. in Biology from Trinity College, Hartford, CT. She earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Washington in Seattle examining the molecular basis of how Salmonella resides intracellularly working with Drs. Carleen Collins and Sam Miller. After a brief postdoc at the TSRI Center for Structural Genomics with Dr. Scott Lesley, using structural biology screens to examine microbiota proteins, she joined Dr. Victor Nizet at UCSD and the Infectious Diseases Discovery Group of Roche pRED of Basel, Switzerland, to discover anti-infectives for treating multidrug-resistant bacteria. On relocation to Atlanta, Doris is collaborating with Antabio to assess small molecule inhibitors of a Pseudomonas virulence factor.


Shyra Wilde
Shyra received her B.S. in Health Sciences from Arizona State University in 2016. She then spent two years working in the lab of Kenneth Roland at the Biodesign Institute Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines, and Virotherapy. Her research focused on Salmonella enterica serovars Typhi and Typhimurium factors contributing to the invasion of epithelial and microfold cells, leading to improved vaccine strategies (published in Infection and Immunity). Other research focused on a Salmonella-based vector to deliver antigens to protect against Clostridium perfringens infections in poultry. In 2017 Shyra started as a Ph.D. student in the Emory MMG program. Her current research focuses on identifying virulence factors in GAS that contribute to pathogenicity in throat infection, along with identifying virulence factors in the presence of antibiotics and IL-1 inhibitors.


Katherine Leigh Olivares 
KayLeigh has joined the lab as a visiting student for a research experience over her summer break.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology from Purdue University in 2017 and is projected to receive her Doctorate of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2021. Her project is on the examination of immune response and virulence properties of group A Streptococcus infection under anti-IL-6 and anti-IL-1 immunotherapy.