Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

Nicholas  Cianciotto, PhD

Nicholas Cianciotto, PhD

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology



Ward Building Room 6-126
303 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611

n-cianciotto( at )

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Education and Certification

PhD: University of Washington, MicroImmunology (1986)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Michigan (1989)


Description of Interests

Our laboratory studies Legionella pneumophila, the bacterial agent of Legionnaires' Disease pneumonia and Pontiac Fever. Research efforts include understanding the protein secretion systems and iron acquisition pathways that contribute to the organism's ability to infect host cells and the lung. Our laboratory has also identified a new species of Legionella (L. cardiaca) that is linked to heart infection. Finally, we study Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and Klebsiella pneumonia, highly antibiotic resistant bacteria that are increasingly associated with human infections.

Interests (Keywords)

Bacterial Pathogenesis; Bacteriology; Cellular Microbiology; Genetics: Microbial; Infectious Diseases-bacteria; Microbiology; Pneumonia; Prokaryotic Cells

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