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David Erickson

Associate Professor
Microbiology & Molecular Biology (Test), Microbiology & Molecular Biology

3133 LSB
Provo, UT 84602

Research Interests

Our laboratory is focused on questions related to pathogen evolution, gene expression, and adaptation to different environments. We are especially interested in understanding how bacterial pathogens disrupt, avoid, or otherwise compromise the innate immune systems of their hosts. We primarily work with bacteria in the genus Yersinia, which includes Y. pestis, the cause of bubonic plague, as well as Y. pseudotuberculosis and Y. enterocolitica, which cause food-borne illnesses.

Teaching Interests

Bacterial Pathogenesis, General Microbiology


  • Ph.D., Bacterial Pathogenesis , University of Calgary (2003)

Professional Citizenship

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Canadian Journal of Microbiology (2020 - Present)
  • Officer, American Society for Microbiology Intermountain Branch (2009 - 2009)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, MEG grants (2007 - 2009)
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, ORCA review (2007 - 2007)

Courses Taught


M A Olson T W Siebach Joel Shelby Griffitts Eric Wilson David L Erickson Wei Zhou Colin W Russell Kody L Johnson Richard D Mortensen David L Erickson David L Erickson Colin W Russell Kody L Johnson Travis Hileman Ryan M Stewart Stefanie L Vogt Christopher Green Brad Day Katarzyna M Stevens David L Erickson Donald E Woods Douglas G Storey