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Deborah A Hogan, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology

Michigan State University, Ph.D., 1999
Harvard University, A.B., 1993

Dr. Hogan received her A.B. degree in Biology from Harvard University in
1993, and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Michigan State University in
1999. After postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hogan joined
the faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth Medical School in 2004.


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Vail Building#208
Dewey Field Rd. HB7550
Hanover NH 03755

Phone: 603-650-1252
Fax: 603-650-1318
Email: Deborah.A.Hogan@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests


The interactions between different microbial species govern the activity of microbial communities, whether they be in association with a host or free-living in the environment. Microbial communities have very significant effects on human health. For example, synergistic relationships between the organisms within the human microflora confer protection against pathogens and enable the degradation of complex substrates. At the same time, many illnesses, such as respiratory and genital infections, gastroenteritis, and periodontal diseases, often involve multiple microorganisms. In the Hogan Lab, we are interested in understanding the molecular basis for such interactions by describing the mechanisms by which one microbe affects the physiology, survival, and virulence properties of another microbial species.

Our lab primarily focuses on the interactions between the Gram-negative bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the dimorphic fungus, Candida albicans. These two organisms co-exist within diverse opportunistic human infections, and clinical observations suggest that P. aeruginosa inhibits C. albicans growth. In our in vitro system, we observe that the bacteria physically attach to the fungal filaments, form biofilms on their surfaces, and kill the fungal cells. Many of the bacterial factors used to kill the fungus also participate in P. aeruginosa virulence towards humans. The fungus responds to the presence of the P. aeruginosa by reverting to a resistant yeast form. We are using genetic screening methods, analysis of defined mutants, biochemical approaches and genomic profiling techniques to better understand the bacterial and fungal factors that are involved in this relationship. By studying the interactions between microbial species, we are learning about important elements relating to the physiology and pathogenesis of the individual microbes. in addition to gaining insight in to how microbial communities function.

For more information, please visit the Hogan Lab Home Page (www.dartmouth.edu/~hoganlab).

Selected Publications


An rRNA fragment in extracellular vesicles secreted by human airway epithelial cells increases the fluoroquinolone sensitivity of P. aeruginosa.
Koeppen K, Hampton TH, Barnaby R, Roche C, Gerber SA, Goo YA, Cho BK, Vermilyea DM, Hogan DA, Stanton BA
Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2023 May 31; doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00150.2022. Epub 2023 May 31.
PMID: 37256658

Community composition shapes microbial-specific phenotypes in a cystic fibrosis polymicrobial model system.
Jean-Pierre F, Hampton TH, Schultz D, Hogan DA, Groleau MC, Deziel E, O'Toole GA
Elife. 2023 Jan 20;12 doi: 10.7554/eLife.81604. Epub 2023 Jan 20.
PMID: 36661299

Compendium-Wide Analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Core and Accessory Genes Reveals Transcriptional Patterns across Strains PAO1 and PA14.
Lee AJ, Doing G, Neff SL, Reiter T, Hogan DA, Greene CS
mSystems. 2023 Feb 23;8(1):e0034222. doi: 10.1128/msystems.00342-22. Epub 2022 Dec 21.
PMID: 36541762

Computationally Efficient Assembly of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Gene Expression Compendia.
Doing G, Lee AJ, Neff SL, Reiter T, Holt JD, Stanton BA, Greene CS, Hogan DA
mSystems. 2023 Feb 23;8(1):e0034122. doi: 10.1128/msystems.00341-22. Epub 2022 Dec 21.
PMID: 36541761

SOPHIE: Generative Neural Networks Separate Common and Specific Transcriptional Responses.
Lee AJ, Mould DL, Crawford J, Hu D, Powers RK, Doing G, Costello JC, Hogan DA, Greene CS
Genomics Proteomics Bioinformatics. 2022 Oct;20(5):912-927. doi: 10.1016/j.gpb.2022.09.011. Epub 2022 Oct 7.
PMID: 36216026

Using genome-wide expression compendia to study microorganisms.
Lee AJ, Reiter T, Doing G, Oh J, Hogan DA, Greene CS
Comput Struct Biotechnol J. 2022;20:4315-4324. doi: 10.1016/j.csbj.2022.08.012. Epub 2022 Aug 10.
PMID: 36016717

CF-Seq, an accessible web application for rapid re-analysis of cystic fibrosis pathogen RNA sequencing studies.
Neff SL, Hampton TH, Puerner C, Cengher L, Doing G, Lee AJ, Koeppen K, Cheung AL, Hogan DA, Cramer RA, Stanton BA
Sci Data. 2022 Jun 16;9(1):343. doi: 10.1038/s41597-022-01431-1. Epub 2022 Jun 16.
PMID: 35710652

Metabolic basis for the evolution of a common pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa variant.
Mould DL, Stevanovic M, Ashare A, Schultz D, Hogan DA
Elife. 2022 May 3;11 doi: 10.7554/eLife.76555. Epub 2022 May 3.
PMID: 35502894

Transcriptional Response of Candida auris to the Mrr1 Inducers Methylglyoxal and Benomyl.
Biermann AR, Hogan DA
mSphere. 2022 Jun 29;7(3):e0012422. doi: 10.1128/msphere.00124-22. Epub 2022 Apr 27.
PMID: 35473297

Nonmotile Subpopulations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Repress Flagellar Motility in Motile Cells through a Type IV Pilus- and Pel-Dependent Mechanism.
Lewis KA, Vermilyea DM, Webster SS, Geiger CJ, de Anda J, Wong GCL, O'Toole GA, Hogan DA
J Bacteriol. 2022 May 17;204(5):e0052821. doi: 10.1128/jb.00528-21. Epub 2022 Apr 4.
PMID: 35377166

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