The DiRita Laboratory's research is aimed at uncovering and characterizing pathogenicity mechanisms in the diarrheal pathogens Vibrio cholera and Campylobacter jejuni.

Victor DiRita, PhD, researches pathogens of the gastrointestinal tract, especially Vibrio cholerae and Campylobacter jejuni; mechanisms by which microbial pathogens colonize hosts and cause disease; and virulence gene regulation, membrane-localized transcription activators, genetic analysis of Campylobacter jejuni, and mechanism of colonization in chickens. DiRita is the Rudolph Hugh Endowed Chair in Microbial Pathogenesis.