George W. Liechti


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Microbiology and Immunology
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Basic Biology of Bacterial, Viral, or Parasite Diseases
Molecular Genetics of Bacterial Pathogenesis
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2012, Ph.D., Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2008, M.S., Biology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
2003, B.S., Biology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA


Dr. George Liechti is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He obtained his Bachelor of Sciences from The College of William and Mary in 2003 and his Masters of Science in 2008. Dr. Liechti earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology in 2012 from the University of Virginia. He conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences from 2012-16 as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellow, and subsequently joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 2016. Current studies in Dr. Liechti’s laboratory focus on the molecular genetics of bacterial pathogenesis, specifically as it relates to human-adapted microbes. Pathogenic Chlamydia, Borrelia, and Helicobacter species are currently under investigation, specifically the physiological mechanisms that confer persistence to these microbes, allowing them to evade clearance by the host and as well as killing by antibiotic treatment. Dr. Liechti is a contributing member of both the American Society for Microbiology and the Chlamydial Basic Research Society, and is the current faculty advisor to the USUHS Postdoctoral Association.


Liechti G, Kuru E, Packiam M, Rittichier JT, Tekkam S, Hall E, Hsu Y, VanNieuwenhze M, Brun YV, and Maurelli AT. Pathogenic Chlamydia use a narrow, midcell peptidoglycan ring regulated by MreB for replication. PLOS Pathogens. 2016; 12(5):e1005590. PMID: 27144308

Liechti G, Kuru E, Hall E, Kalinda A, Brun YV, VanNieuwenhze M, and Maurelli AT. A new metabolic cell wall labeling method reveals peptidoglycan in Chlamydia trachomatis. Nature 2014. Feb 27;506(7489):507-10. PMID: 24336210.