Dr. Hunstad evaluates children on the Infectious Diseases service at St. Louis Children's Hospital. With his research team in the McDonnell Pediatric Research Building and Northwest Tower, he studies the interactions of Gram-negative bacteria with their hosts. He is particularly interested in mechanisms by which Gram-negative pathogens modulate host immune responses in order to establish infection. Related projects in the laboratory explore how chaperone proteins help bacteria to assemble virulence factors on their surfaces, and how bacterial adhesins can be leveraged to deliver antimicrobials to bacteria residing in host epithelia. His goal is to develop new targets for prevention and treatment of Gram-negative bacterial infections of the urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, and central nervous system. He is the Director of the Pediatric ID Division and co-founded the Wash U Pediatric Physician-Scientist Training Program with his colleague Tony French, MD, PhD.