David G. Russell

William Kaplan Professor of Infection Biology
Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Contact Information

C5 109 Veterinary Medical Center
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 253-4272

David G. Russell

William Kaplan Professor of Infection Biology
Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine

Expertise
Microbial pathogenesis; Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb); HIV; innate immunity; macrophage biology; antimicrobial agents

Current Research Interest
Host-pathogen interplay with an emphasis on macrophages and the infectious agents Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) and HIV; the determinants of disease progression versus control in tuberculosis; how the host’s immune environment impacts the susceptibility of Mtb to frontline drugs; the identification of new anti-tuberculosis drugs that exploit the host’s immune environment

Distinction
SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities
Burroughs Wellcome Scholar Award in Parasitology
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Honorary Professor of Immunology, College of Medicine, Malawi

Selected Publications
Huang, Lu, Evgeniya V. Nazarova, Shumin Tan, Yancheng Liu, and David G. Russell. (2018) “Growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Vivo Segregates with Host Macrophage Metabolism and Ontogeny.” Journal of Experimental Medicine 215 (2018): 1135-1152.

Liu, Yancheng, Shumin Tan, Lu Huang, Robert B. Abramovitch, Kyle H. Rohde, Matthew D. Zimmerman, Chao Chen, Véronique Dartois, Brian C. VanderVen, and David G. Russell. “Immune Activation of the Host Cell Induces Drug Tolerance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Both in Vitro and in Vivo.” Journal of Experimental Medicine 213, no. 5 (2016): 809-825. 

Cornell Research Website Article
Pursuing a Cure—TB's Unsolved Mysteries