The Wonder Drake Lab is interested in exploring the etiology as well as pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory states, particularly sarcoidosis.

Dr. Drake is currently using polymerase chain reactions to investigate possible infectious etiologies of sarcoidosis.

The lab is also using techniques such as in situ hybridization to directly localize microbial nucleic acid in the tissue specimens and molecular microarrays in collaboration with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic and Medical University of South Carolina.