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Bill Sullivan

School of Medicine/Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Expert Bio

Bill Sullivan is an award-winning scientist, teacher and science communicator whose research focuses on infectious disease. He is the Showalter Professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology and professor of microbiology and immunology at the IU School of Medicine. Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of media outlets, including CNN, Fox and Friends, The Doctors, National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, COSMOS, Science Fantastic with Dr. Michio Kaku, Doctor Radio, and more. He is the author of “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are.” Follow him on Twitter at @wjsullivan.

Areas of Expertise

Infectious disease, parasites, toxoplasmosis, malaria, cryptosporidium, bacteria, antibiotics, superbugs, antibiotic resistance, gene expression, epigenetics, microbiology, germs, science communication, science outreach.

Other Information

The Sullivan Lab: PLOS SciComm blog: The ‘Scope blog: Website: “Common Parasite Could Manipulate Our Behavior”: “Is your cat messing with your mind?”: “How dangerous are the parasites lurking in your cat’s poop?”: “Blood pressure drug could get new life as treatment for Toxoplasma parasites”: “IU scientists discover mechanism that may help parasites manipulate their hosts”: “Dr. Bill Sullivan explains how to avoid parasite infections this summer”: Author website:

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