Eric Krukonis, PhD
Biologic & Materials Sciences
Dr. Krukonis was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston. He attended Rice University in Houston, Texas, from 1986-90 where he received his B.A. in Biology. He then returned back to Boston and obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University studying Yersinia pseudotuberculosis, a close relative of the plague bacterium, Y. pestis. He then began a postdoc at the University of Michigan Medical School with Dr. Victor DiRita where he studied virulence gene regulation in Vibrio cholerae. He became a Research Track Faculty member in 2001 in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology. In September 2004 he joined the faculty of The University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the BMS Department as a bacterial pathogenesis researcher where he has continued studies with Y. pestis and V. cholerae.
Dr. Krukonis teaches basic microbiology and bacterial and fungal pathogenesis to dental students in their D1 and D2 years. He also serves on the School of Dentistry’s Research Committee and as a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology.