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Western Faculty Profile: Dr. John McCormick

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Dr. McCormick is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and a Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute. His research is in bacteriology, with a primary focus on bacterial toxins called “superantigens”. His research interests are in the molecular biology and evolution of bacterial superantigens inStaphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes, the role of superantigens in toxic shock syndrome, and the engineering of superantigens as targeted anti-cancer immunotherapeutics. Dr. McCormick teaches an undergraduate course in microbiology in addition to supervising undergraduate and graduate students. Alex Zhou, reviewer on the WURJHNS Editorial Board, interviewed Dr. McCormick to learn more about his ongoing research, motivations, career path to Western and advice for students.

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