Maria Gomes-Solecki, DVM

Maria Gomes-Solecki, DVM

Associate Professor
858 Madison Ave.
301 Molecular Science Building
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-2536
Fax: (901) 448-7360

Research Interests

Work in my laboratory at UTHSC focuses on development of oral vaccine delivery vehicles using commensal bacteria (i.e. Lactobacillus spp. and E. coli) against microbial pathogens. We use a number of tools - microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology - to investigate host-pathogen interactions, to understand how bacterial and host factors lead to immune evasion and to dissect the immunological mechanisms by which effective oral vaccines induce protective immunity. Our major projects relate to the development of reservoir targeted vaccines against spirochetal diseases, such as Lyme disease and Leptospirosis. Other projects relate to the development of vaccines against Melioidosis and Avian Flu.

MGS Pubmed Profile  

Federal Funding: RePorter Raw data: PI, Gomes-Solecki; select years 2003 to present.

Faculty Entrepreneur: UTRF Tech Talks: Ask An Entrepreneur

List of collaborators

image of Dr. Gomes-Solecki's lab personnel sitting at a table in a restaurant

Gomes-Solecki Lab, December 2016 (left to right): José Azevedo, Mariana Guedes, Hari-Hara Potula, Maria Gomes-Solecki, Nisha Nair, Taylor Williams and Charles Klazer.


  • Postdoc, SUNY at Stony Brook, 1995-1998
  • Fellowship, National Institute of Technology (Lisbon, Portugal), 1992-1995
  • DVM, University of Lisbon, 1992