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Robert C. Alaniz, PhD

Robert C. Alaniz, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology

Director, College of Medicine Cell Analysis Facility

Director, Core for Integrated Microbiota Research


College of Medicine


infectious disease
immunology, microbiome, digestive health, digestive diseases, metabolic health, metabolic diseases, inflammatory diseases, mucosal immunology
Dr. Robert Alaniz

About Robert C. Alaniz

Robert C. Alaniz, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology. Dr. Alaniz serves as director of the College of Medicine Cell Analysis Facility leveraging his expertise in sophisticated flow cytometry tools for the research community. In addition, Dr. Alaniz serves as director of the Core for Integrated Microbiota Research that makes available his microbiota expertise and germ-free and gnotobiotic mouse models for research. important host and microbial mechanisms that instruct the development of pathogen-specific effector, memory and protective T-cell immunity after infection with intracellular bacteria.

His research uses his expertise in cellular immunology, infectious disease immunity, and microbiology to determine the functional mechanistic properties of microbiota-derived metabolites for regulating the host immune system. To do this, Dr. Alaniz uses interdisciplinary approaches to integrate cellular immunology with microbial ecology, metagenomics and metabolomics, and computational systems biology in the context of homeostasis and a number of complex inflammatory diseases (e.g., infectious gastroenteritis, colitis, NSAID enteropathy, metabolic-syndrome/obesity/diabetes, infectious disease immunity). Specifically, Dr. Alaniz is an expert in dendritic cell and T-cell biology, fate and function. Dr. Alaniz has also translated his research towards clinical therapies via commercializing his discoveries at the bench.

Dr. Alaniz received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University, doctorate degree from the University of Washington in immunology and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Washington in microbial pathogenesis in 2007.

Dr. Alaniz has had his work published in the Journal of Immunology, Nature Communications, Cell Reports and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.