Emeritus Board Member

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology
Michael A. Apicella, M.D. is an emeritus Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Iowa. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications dealing with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, N. meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae and Francisella tularensis. Approximately one third of these dealt with the pathogenesis of the gonococcus in humans, in particular, the role the gonococcal lipooligosaccharide plays in pathogenesis. His work showed that the gonococcus is an intracellular pathogen. With the help of outstanding graduate students and post-doctoral fellows his lab defined the receptor ligand interactions resulting in infection of the human cervix and the male urethra. His lab also was the first to demonstrate that biofilm formation was an important component of gonococcal pathogenesis in human disease.

Mike was a leader within the Neisseria community and beyond. He led the University of Iowa Microbiology Department for 18 years. After becoming emeritus and moving to California, he brought together a group of leading gonococcal researchers that spearheaded the formation of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae Research Society.