William McCoy IV, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

The McCoy Laboratory studies how microbes navigate nutritional immunity to live on human skin. Our projects commonly employ microbiome, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, and structural biology techniques to investigate these interactions. Many of our studies revolve focus on the skin commensal Cutibacterium acnes, which is associated with acne vulgaris and can cause infections of indwelling medical devices (e.g., joint replacements). We believe that our investigations will lead to a better understanding of human-microbe interactions and improved diagnostics/therapeutics for patients.

Research keywords: Microbe; Skin; Structure

Basic information

Mentoring statement:Find it here.
Some former postdocs’ career outcomes:Since opening on July 1, 2021, the McCoy Lab has had the opportunity to support one prior postdoctoral trainee who sought out support in a new lab for his final year of a planned 5-year postdoctoral fellowship. This lab change was sought out by the trainee, because he desired to have a mentor who would support his goal of entering industry after his time as a postdoctoral trainee. That trainee completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the McCoy Lab, and then he was promoted to staff scientist in the McCoy Lab. Dr. McCoy is now helping him to find a job in industry.

Postdoc openings within the next year

Number of postdoc positions:2
Postdoc eligibility:U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Current Visa-Holding Trainees in the U.S.
International Trainees Outside the U.S.