Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Shonna M. McBride stands next to an anaerobic chamber
Dr. Shonna McBride joined the Emory faculty in June 2012. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2005 and her Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University in 1999. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the field of bacterial pathogenesis at the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Harvard Medical School from 2005 to 2008 and at the Tufts University School of Medicine from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. McBride’s research focuses on identifying the molecular mechanisms of the gastrointestinal pathogen Clostridium difficile that allow it to live within the host. Her work has identified novel mechanisms used by this bacterium to resist killing by antimicrobial peptides and unique mechanisms by which C. difficile initiates sporulation. Her work has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology, Microbiology, Infection and Immunity, Molecular Microbiology, JACS and PLoS One.