James Gannon, PhD
James E. Gannon, PhD, joined AUC School of Medicine as Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in September 2019. Prior to AUC, Dr. Gannon spent 22 years as a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Montana (UM), where he taught microbiology courses and published peer-reviewed articles related to understanding how stressors affect microbial cellular function and community interactions. During his time at UM, he served as Associate Dean of Biological Sciences and was awarded two Senior Fulbright awards, one to the University of Botswana and a second to the University of Mauritius, where he worked on campylobacteriosis and gastroenteritis (E. coli 0157:H7). After retiring from UM as Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Dr. Gannon received a third Fulbright Senior Scholars Award in 2015 to the University of Mataram School of Medicine. There, he lectured on regional zoonosis and parasites endemic to Indonesia.
In 2016, Dr. Gannon moved to the American University of Sharjah (AUS), United Arab Emirates and served as the Department Head for Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Sciences. Along with colleagues, he founded the AUS Genomics Center focused on understanding the genetic basis of important human disease. He has a lifelong passion for education and teaches medical microbiology, virology and parasitology.