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2013 Matrics

Caroline Bartman
B.A. Biological Sciences, University of Chicago (2012)
cbartman@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Christopher Ecker
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2013)
checker@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Katherine Forsyth
B.S. Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University (2013)
kforsyth@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Jae Lee

Jae Lee
A.B. Chemistry, Princeton University (2009)
jaewlee@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2011, PhD- 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided
Research Interests:T cell development, chronic viral infection, and
pathogen immunology

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Ethan Mack

Ethan Mack
B.S. Biology and Hispanic Studies, Brown University (2011)
etmack@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2011, PhD- 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided
Research Interests:Chronic viral infection, inflammation, cytokine regulation

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Walter Mowel
B.S. Biology, University of Maine (2011)
wmowel@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Caleb Ng
B.S. Chemistry, California Institute of Technology (2009)
calebng@upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Teal Russell
B.S. Biochemistry, North Carolina State University (2013)
tealr@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Melanie Santos-Marrero
B.S. Industrial Biotechnology, University of Puerto Rico (2013)
melasa@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Sarah Sneed
B.A. Biology, Brown University (2013)
ssneed@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Ryan Staupe
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester (2011)
rstaupe@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Scarlett Yang
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley (2012)
scya@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2013
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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2012 Matrics

Lucas Dawson
B.S. Biology and Society, Cornell University (2009)
ldaws@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Jonathan De Long
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Washington (2007)
delongj@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Jacquelyn Freund
B.S. Biology, Haverford College (2010)
freundj@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided
Research interests: Tolerance, T cell signaling, role of immune system in disease

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Alex Greene

Alex Greene
B.S. Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University (2012)
mleney@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided
Research Interests: The genetics of host pathogen interactions

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Awo

Awo Layman
B.A. Biology, Swarthmore College (2008)

Matriculated: MD-2010, PhD- 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided
Research Interests: Immune tolerance, transplantation, allergy

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Julia Rood

Julia Rood
B.A. Biology & Math, St. Olaf College (2007)
jrood@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2010, PhD- 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided
Research Interests: Infectious diseases, host-pathogen interaction

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Alana Sharp

Alana Sharp
B.S. Biology, University of New Mexico (2010)
asharp@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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Tori Yamamoto
B.A. Biochemistry-Biology, Whitman College (2002)
tori@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2012
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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2011 Matrics

Michael Cho
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley (2010)
chomicha@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2011
Thesis Advisor: Aimee Payne
Research Interests:B cells, autoimmunity, tolerance, pemphigus, anitbodies

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Megan Fisher
B.S. Biology: Cell, Molecular, and Genetics, University of Delaware (2009)
mefisher@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2011
Thesis Advisor: Craig Bassing
Research interests: Regulation of V(D)J recombination, allelic exclusion, autoimmunity

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Thomas Fung
B.S. Biotechnology, University of British Columbia (2010)
thomascf@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2011
Thesis Advisor: David Artis/Greg Sonnenberg
Research interests: Intestinal barrier function, host-commensal relationships, microbial pathogensis

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Ian Lamborn
B.S. Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Grove City College (2007)
ianl@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2009, PhD- 2011
Thesis Advisor: Helen Su
Research interests: Primary Immunodeficiencies (particularly those affecting innate immunity), antifungal immunity

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Kazim

Kazim Panjwani
B.A. Biological Sciences, Columbia University (2011)
panjwani@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2011
Thesis Advisor: Nicola Mason
Research Interests: Interactions between tumors and the immune system,
immunotherapy

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Lance Peterson

Lance Peterson
B.A. Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis (2009)
lancep@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2009, PhD- 2011
Thesis Advisor: David Artis
Research Interests: Mucosal immunology, epithelial barrier function

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Emily Roberts
B.S. Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2005)
robem@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2011
Thesis Advisor: undecided

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2010 Matrics

Mike Askenase

Mike Askenase
B.S. Biology, Tufts University (2006)
askenase@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: Yasmine Belkaid
Research Interests: Host-Pathogen interactions, Mucosal immunity

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Sheena Baratono
B.S. Biology, Music, Duke University (2007)
baratono@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2008, PhD- 2010
Thesis Advisor: Ed Behrens
Research Interests: Lymphopoiesis during inflammation, autoimmunity, hematopoiesis

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Alan Copenhaver

Alan Copenhaver
B.S. Biology, Georgia State University (2009)
alancope@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: Sunny Shin
Research Interests: Neuroimmunology

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Vered Gigi
B.S. Biomedical Science, Tel Aviv University (2006)
vgigi@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: David Roth

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Gretchen Harms

Gretchen Harms
B.A. Biology & Religion, Oberlin College (2006)
gharms@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: Chris Hunter
Research Interests: Innate immunity, T cell memory

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Theresa Leichner

Theresa Leichner
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ursinus College (2008)

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: Taku Kambayashi
Research Interests: T cell signaling, Tolerance and Autoimmunity

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Susi Linderman

Susi Linderman
B.S. Biophysics, Brigham Young University (2010)
susannel@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: Scott Hensley
Research Interests: Innate immune responses to infectious disease (particularly to flu), cell homing, tolerance

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Ryan Moy
B.S. Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University (2008)
ryanmoy@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2008, PhD- 2010
Thesis Advisor: Sara Cherry
Research Interests: Innate immunity, mucosal immunology, RNA biology

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Naomi Philip

Naomi Philip
B.A. Biology, Bryn Mawr College (2009)
nphilip@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor: Igor Brodsky
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, innate immunity, autoimmunity

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En Jun Yang

En Jun Yang
B.S. Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2009)
enjyang@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2010
Thesis Advisor:Taku Kambayashi
Research Interests: Autoimmunity and Tolerance

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2009 Matrics

Burt Barnett

Burton Barnett
B.S. Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego (2008)
bbarn@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor: Steve Reiner
Research Interests: Asymmetric cell division in the immune system

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Lisa Barnett

Lisa Barnett
B.S. Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego (2009)
lbarn@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor: Terri Laufer
Research Interests: T cell differentiation and activation, antigen presentation

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Irene Chernova

Irene Chernova
B.A. Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
chernova@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2007, PhD- 2009
Thesis Advisor: Dave Allman
Research Interests: Plasma cells, persistent humoral immunity

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Drew Comrie
B.S. Microbiology/Immunology, University of Rochester (2008)
wcomrie@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor: Jan Burkhardt

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Erika Crosby

Erika Crosby
B.S. Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Bucknell University (2009)
ejcrosby@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor: Phil Scott
Research Interests: Infectious disease as it relates to T cell immunology
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Julie Horowitz

Julie Horowitz
B.A. Chemistry, New College of Florida (2008)
jhoro@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor:Craig Bassing
Research Interests: Lymphocyte development and chromatin biology

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Rohan Joshi

Rohan Joshi
B.A. Biochemistry, Columbia University (2006)
rohan.p.joshi@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2007, PhD- 2009
Thesis Advisor: Gary Koretzky
Research Interests: Regulation of Lipids in T Cell Signaling

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Lisa Korn
A.B. Molecular Biology, Princeton University (2007)

Matriculated: MD- 2007, PhD- 2009
Thesis Advisor: Terri Laufer
Research Interests: Regulatory T cells, intestinal homeostasis, roles of MHC class II signaling

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Laurel Monticelli
M.S. Biology-Immunology, University of California, San Diego (2008)
B.S. Microbiology, University of California, San Diego (2007)
mlaurel@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor: David Artis
Research Interests: Mucosal immunity

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Martin Naradikian

Martin Naradikian
B.A. Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania (2007)

Matriculated
: 2009
Thesis Advisor: Mike Cancro
Research Interests: B Cell Biology and Neuroimmunology

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Amanda Schmidt

Amanda Schmidt
B.S. Microbiology, University of Minnesota (2008)
schmidta@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor:Taku Kambayashi
Research Interests: Regulatory T cell homeostasis, mast cell signal transduction, cell/cell interactions

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Sean Spencer

Sean Spencer
B.S. Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2007)
seanspen@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: MD- 2007, PhD- 2009
Thesis Advisor: Yasmine Belkaid
Research Interests: Eosinophils, Tissue homeostasis, Immunoregulation, T cell differentiation

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Kate Weissler

Katherine Weissler
B.S. Biology, University of Virginia (2009)
kweis@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor:Andy Caton
Research Interests: Regulatory T cells and infectious disease

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Shirley Zhang
B.A. Biochemistry, New York University (2009)
zhangshi@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2009
Thesis Advisor:Avinash Bhandoola
Research Interests: Early thymocyte development, progenitor trafficking to the thymus

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Rena Zheng
B.A. Biology, University of Pennsylvania (2007)

Matriculated: MD- 2007, PhD- 2009
Thesis Advisor: Gerd Blobel
Research Interests: Regulation of erythropoiesis and liver development by GATA factors

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2008 Matrics

Will Bailis

Will Bailis
B.A. Biochemistry, Vassar College (2008)
bailis@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Warren Pear
Research interests: Infectious immunity and hematopoiesis

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Ellen De Obaldia

Ellen De Obaldia
B.A. Biology, Harvard University (2008)
mdeobald@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Avinash Bhandoola
Research interests: Tolerance and autoimmunity, hematopoiesis

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Carolyn Gray

Carolyn Gray
B.S. Biology, The College of New Jersey (2008)
cagray@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Michael May
Research interests: Mechanisms of non-canonical NF-kappaB activation

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Kaycie Hopkins
B.S. Biology, The College of New Jersey (2007)

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Sara Cherry

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Peter Morawski

Peter Morawski
B.A. Biology, La Salle University (2008)
pmor@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Andrew Wells
Research Interests: Epigenetic & post-translational modification of Foxp3, Non-cell cycle role of CDK2, Cip/Kip & Ink4 families of cell cycle inhibitors

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Shaun O'Brien

Shaun O'Brien
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley (2004)
obriens@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Andrew Wells
Research Interests:T cells signaling/activation in context of disease

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Sheila Rao
B.A. Molecular Biology, Colgate University (2006)
raoshe@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Ed Behrens/Gary Koretzky
Research Interests: Cell Signaling

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Sagie Wagage
B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Maryland (2007)
wagages@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2008
Thesis Advisor: Chris Hunter

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2007 Matrics

Aisling O'Hara

Aisling O'Hara
M.S. Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University (2004)
B.S. Biology, Allegheny College (1999)
oharaa@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2007
Thesis Advisor: Chris Hunter
Research Interests: T cell differentiation

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Michael Oropallo
B.S. Biology, The College of New Jersey (2006)
mant@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2007
Thesis Advisor: Mike Cancro
Research Interests: Immune Senescence B cell Homeostasis

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Olivia Perng

Olivia A. Perng
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin (2004)
oliviaa@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2007
Thesis Advisor: Andy Caton
Research Interests: Regulatory T cells, Tolerance and autoimmunity

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Karla Wiehagen

Karla Wiehagen
University of Missouri, Columbia (2006)
krose@mail.med.upenn.edu

Matriculated: 2007
Thesis Advisor: Jonathan Maltzman
Research Interests: The role of transcription factor Foxp4 in T cell development and function

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2006 Matrics

Dawson Gerhardt

Dawson Knoblock
B.S. Biology, Georgia Insitute of Technology
dawsondmg@gmail.com

Matriculated: 2006
Thesis Advisor: Warren Pear
Research interests: Notch and development of the hematopoietic system