Headshot of Richard Merkhofer

Undergraduate education

Colgate University - BA (2012)

Years in MSTP

2013-

PhD program

Cell and Molecular Biology

Mentor

Bruce Klein, MD

Research interest

Variations in human immune responses, and how this leads to susceptibility to fungal infection

Undergraduate publications

Bartakova A, Alvarez-Delfin K, Weisman AD, Salero E, Raffa GA, Merkhofer RM Jr, Kunzevitzky NJ, Goldberg JL. Novel Identity and Functional Markers for Human Corneal Endothelial Cells. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2016 May 1;57(6):2749-62. PMID: 27196322; PMCID: PMC4884060.

Hoffmann KM, Million-Perez HR, Merkhofer R, Nicholson H, Rowlett RS. Allosteric reversion of Haemophilus influenzae β-carbonic anhydrase via a proline shift. Biochemistry. 2015 Jan 20;54(2):598-611. PMID: 25506786.

Moysidis SN, Alvarez-Delfin K, Peschansky VJ, Salero E, Weisman AD, Bartakova A, Raffa GA, Merkhofer RM Jr, Kador KE, Kunzevitzky NJ, Goldberg JL. Magnetic field-guided cell delivery with nanoparticle-loaded human corneal endothelial cells. Nanomedicine. 2015 Apr;11(3):499-509. PMID: 25596075; PMCID: PMC4691344.

Louradour I, Monteiro CC, Inbar E, Ghosh K, Merkhofer R, Lawyer P, Paun A, Smelkinson M, Secundino N, Lewis M, Erram D, Zurek L, Sacks D. The midgut microbiota plays an essential role in sand fly vector competence for Leishmania major. Cell Microbiol. 2017 Oct;19(10). PMID: 28580630; PMCID: PMC5587349.

PhD publications

Wang H, Lee TJ, Fites SJ, Merkhofer R, Zarnowski R, Brandhorst T, Galles K, Klein B, Wüthrich M. Ligation of Dectin-2 with a novel microbial ligand promotes adjuvant activity for vaccination. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Aug 9;13(8):e1006568. eCollection 2017 Aug. PubMed PMID: 28793349; PMCID: PMC5565193.

Kujoth GC, Sullivan TD, Merkhofer R, Lee TJ, Wang H, Brandhorst T, Wüthrich M, Klein BS. CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Gene Disruption Reveals the Importance of Zinc Metabolism for Fitness of the Dimorphic Fungal Pathogen Blastomyces dermatitidis. MBio. 2018 Apr 3;9(2). pii: e00412-18. PMID:29615501; PMCID: PMC5885028.