Immunology and Infectious Disease

Immunology and Infectious Disease research focuses on the interplay between disease-causing microbes and our responses to them. Pathogens utilize numerous tactics to cause acute or chronic diseases, and understanding these mechanisms allows for the design and discovery of novel treatments, diagnostic tests, or vaccines. On the other side of the interaction, the innate and adaptive immune system involve the coordination of multiple cell types and body systems in order to attack and destroy "non-self" (i.e., virulent microbes) or "altered-self" (i.e., neoplastic cells). Malfunction or manipulation of the immune system leads to pathology and disease, and defining the mechanisms that mediate these processes can lead to novel therapeutic interventions.


Ling Cao

Ling Cao

M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty for the Graduate Studies of the Biomedical Sciences and Engineer (GSBSE) program, The Graduate School, University of Maine, ME

(207) 602-2213

Pickus Center


Neuroimmunology and immunotoxicology.

Dr. Hanlon

Assistant Professor

(207) 602-2159

Pickus Center

Dr. Katherine Hanlon is a Rita Allen Foundation scholar and an assistant professor of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME. In addition, she is an associate editor in chief of the Journal of Pain Research and is a scientific advisory board member at Exeligen Scientific. Dr. Hanlon received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics followed by a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Arizona. Under the direction of Dr.... Read More




tumor immunology

Meghan May

Meghan May


Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease)

(207) 602-2164

Dr. May was appointed in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England College of Medicine in 2013. She was previously appointed in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University from 2010-2013, and held the Fisher Endowed Chair of Biological Sciences from 2012-2013, and was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow and then a research assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology at the University of Florida. Dr. May earned her B.S. degree in... Read More


Microbiology and the biology of infection


Infectious Disease







Emerging Diseases

molecular biology


Peter Morganelli

M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(207) 602-2277

Stella Maris

Peter Morganelli, Ph.D.  joined the UNECOM Department of Biomedical Sciences in 2013 and teaches immunology and physiological sciences for the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and Dental Medicine.  Dr. Morganelli received formal training in physiological sciences focusing on neurophysiology, cell physiology, and endocrinology at Miami University of Ohio and Dartmouth Medical School.  After completing post-doctoral training in immunology, he went on to study how immune cells affect the underlying mechanisms of atherosclerosis, in particular... Read More


Human Physiology

Cell Physiology