Raphael Valdivia

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Raphael H. Valdivia is a Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine and Vice Dean for Basic Sciences. His laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular basis of how the obligate intracellular bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis manipulates mammalian cells to promote pathogen replication. Areas of interest include innate immune signalling pathways inhibited by Chlamydia infections, pathogen-mediated reprogramming of membrane trafficking and cytoskeletal function, and the regulation of the secretion of Chlamydia virulence proteins. More recent research interests included the development of new genetic and genomic approaches to define gene function in genetically intractable microbes of the vertebrate gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Valdivia is also interested in all aspects of graduate and postgraduate education and training, advocacy, and science communication.