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Meng Lou

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Meng received his B.S in biochemistry and computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2018. His research interests manifested in the lab of Anna Huttenlocher, where he completed his senior thesis on the role of innate immune cells in the glioblastoma tumor microenvironment. Taking summer sabbaticals to different research groups (and countries), Meng explored his interests in various fields, including regenerative medicine (with Kris Saha), collective cell behaviors (at EMBL under the guidance of Darren Gilmour), and spheroid modeling of cancer metastasis (with Laura Kaufmann as a Columbia AMGEN scholar). Post-graduation, Meng spent two years in the lab of Ron Germain as a NIH IRTA fellow looking at clonal T-cell microstates. Outside of research, Meng has a passion for music, puzzles, high-adrenaline sports, and technology.


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Jeremy Morrissette

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Jeremy received his BS in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences at Emmanuel College in Boston in 2018. At Emmanuel, he was a part of the NeuroImmunology Research Project (NIRP) with Dr. Josef Kurtz and Dr. Todd Williams studying the hematopoietic contribution to CNS macrophage populations under various conditions. Following graduation, he joined the Center for Transplantation Sciences at Massachusetts General Hospital studying mechanisms of induced tolerance to cardiothoracic allografts with Dr. Joren Madsen. Jeremy was an integral part of many projects from studying the effect of immunosuppressive agents on the B cell compartment to developing donor-specific CAR-Tregs for future in vivo use. Although Jeremy has a continued interest in transplant immunology, he hopes to explore different areas of immunology at Penn as well. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his fiancée and their chihuahua, whether they are hiking or biking along the river.


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Samuel Chauvin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Sam grew up in Painted Post, NY and went to school just up the road at Cornell University. There, he spent two years working in a soil science lab. However, he fell in love with biochemistry and molecular biology and decided to do a postbac at the NIH exploring biomedical research. Sam joined Dr. Mike Lenardo’s lab in NIAID where he worked to uncover the molecular basis or rare genetic diseases. His work included redefining XMEN disease as a congenital disorder to glycosylation and discovering a novel genetic cause of IBD. During the COVID pandemic, Sam switched gears and worked with Dr. Helen Su’s lab to understand the role of host genetics in susceptibility to severe COVID infection as part of the COVID human genetics effort consortium. At the UPenn, Sam would like to learn how to use animal models and big data (omics) experiments to discover the molecular mechanisms of immune responses.


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Joy Chiu

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Joy received her B.S. in molecular biology from Yale University in 2019. Her undergraduate research interests were varied, from work at Gilead studying viral integrations in the human genome to her thesis in Choukri Ben Mamoun's lab on antifungal drug development. Following graduation, Joy remained in Dr. Ben Mamoun's lab to continue work studying the development of Babesia parasites and formulating new therapeutic strategies. At Penn, Joy hopes to continue her exploration of host-pathogen interactions, but with a new focus on host defense mechanisms. Outside of work, she loves to make music with friends, find new running trails, and accumulate cookbooks for her bookshelf.


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Maria Merolle

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Maria is from Gainesville, Florida, although she has been going home to Chattanooga, TN, to visit her family since they moved there a few years ago. Maria received a BA in chemistry from the University of Chicago, where she worked on an autoimmune disease imaging project under Dr. Marcus Clark. A summer research experience at MD Anderson Cancer Center sparked her interest in cancer biology. After graduating, Maria spent a year working in the lab of Dr. Robert Seder at the Vaccine Research Center at the NIH, where she worked on novel methods of delivering immunostimulatory drugs to tumors. In her graduate work at Penn, Maria hopes to research the tumor microenvironment and anti-tumor immunity with the goal of elucidating targets for cancer immunotherapy. Maria is also a medical student at Penn and is interested in oncology and healthcare equity. When she’s not studying, Maria can probably be found running, eating chocolate, or learning something new on the violin.  


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Sam Barnett Dubensky

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Originally from Berkeley, CA, Sam graduated with a BS in biological sciences from the University of Chicago in 2019. He first became enamored with lab research pouring agar plates for Dr. Daniel Portnoy at UC Berkeley, where he later researched how the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes induce a virulence program upon sensing nutrients within host cells. Studying pathogens sparked an interest in the host response, so Sam returned to UC Berkeley for two summers under Dr. David Raulet to research how natural killer cells recognize markers of disease. While at UChicago, he studied with Dr. Erin Adams how the affinity of T cell receptors for self-antigens shapes the development of thymocytes. After graduation, Sam returned to the Raulet Lab to develop approaches of reducing the immunogenicity of CRISPR-Cas9 gene therapy. At Penn, Sam will strive to integrate learning medicine with high-dimensional analyses of human immunity against pathogens. Off campus, Sam enjoys baking crusty sourdough, stewing legumes, collecting psych rock records, and trying to finish novels in time for book club.


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Van Truong

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Van graduated with her BA in Anthropology and conducted research in Dr. Todd Golde’s lab to design better AAV for gene delivery in neurodegeneration at the University of Florida. She became fascinated with the intersection of computational biology and immunology during a summer at Harvard with Dr. Brent Coull, where she determined which statistical tools best handled zero-inflated oral microbiota in HIV status monitoring. Van recently completed her MS at Johns Hopkins specializing in Bioinformatics and Molecular Targets. With Dr. Gregoire Altan-Bonnet, she utilized computational methods to find clinically relevant subpopulations within high-dimensional data of T-cells perturbed by hundreds of drugs. At Penn, she is interested in integrating emerging techniques from computational biology for the directed improvement of cell-based immunotherapies. Outside of lab, Van enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, backpacking, and pitchers of dark beer. She once biked solo across the country and has quite a few questionable stories to tell.


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Rachel Serafin

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rachel received her BS in biochemistry from Miami University in 2018. During her undergraduate career, she studied the structure of a bacteriophage membrane protein and helped develop novel methods of studying membrane protein structure under the supervision of Dr. Gary Lorigan. After graduation, she became a research assistant at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Dr. Lee Grimes’ lab, focusing on myelopoiesis. Rachel’s main project involved understanding the role of the transcription factor Gfi-1 in severe congenital neutropenia with a focus on the transcriptional landscape. Her broad research interests include host-pathogen interactions, adaptive immunity to infectious diseases, and T-cell biology. Eventually, she hopes her research will help decrease infectious disease burden in low-income regions of the world. Outside of the lab, Rachel is an avid traveler, having been to about 35 countries. Locally, she is always on the lookout for the best brunch spot, hiking trail, or IPA in the city.


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Isaiah Rozich

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Kai Tan

Isaiah received his BS in Microbiology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison in 2016.  After graduating, he remained at UW-Madison for two years working as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka studying Ebola virus.  More specifically, using serum samples collected from both survivors of the virus and those with whom they came in close contact, his project sought to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms required to develop immunity to infection.  In 2018, he was awarded a position as a Post-baccalaureate Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the laboratory of Dr. John O’Shea.  Here, he is studying Natural Killer (NK) cells, an innate lymphocyte critical for defense against viral infection and cancer.  The goal of his project is to understand how Interleukin-18, a proinflammatory cytokine, impacts the NK cell epigenome and how that subsequently affects NK cell effector function in terms of cytotoxicity and Interferon-gamma expression.  His current research interests include better understanding the relationship between the immune system and the microbiome, and how pathologies can potentially develop when their communication pathways are disrupted.  Outside of research, Isaiah enjoys weightlifting, singing, and reading fantasy/science-fiction novels.


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William A. Molina Arocho

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Joseph Baur

William was born and raised in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. He received his BS in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked in an evolutionary and population genetics lab under Dr. Juan C. Martinez-Cruzado, studying the principal variants, genomic regions and haplotypes affecting resistance or susceptibility to diabetic nephropathy in Puerto Rico. His summer research experiences while an undergraduate sparked his interest in the molecular mechanisms that regulate immune response. His research interests include non-coding RNA biology, inflammation and immunometabolism. In his free time, he enjoys reading a good book, martial arts, eating and going to the beach with friends and family.


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Jeffrey Maslanka

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman

Jeff received his BS in Biology from Rider University in 2019. During his undergraduate, he worked with Dr. James Riggs studying B cell biology and ovarian cancer. After graduating in May 2019, Jeff moved to Philadelphia and began working with Dr. Michael Abt at the University of Pennsylvania as a research specialist. Here he worked on various projects including characterization of the host immune response to C. difficile, a challenging nosocomial infection. His research interests include adaptive immunity, immune memory, and mucosal immunology. In his spare time, Jeff can be found biking or running, pipetting in his sleep, and (covid pending) exploring Philadelphia in search of good nachos and IPAs.


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Stefan Lundh

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Martha Jordan

Stefan received his BS in Agriculture & Natural Resources from the University of Delaware in 2012. As an undergraduate, he worked in a lab studying Marek’s disease virus. More recently, he’s been working in the field of CAR T cell therapy examining mechanisms of expansion, persistence, and efficacy in hematologic malignancies. This work has brought him down the path of studying epigenetic and transcriptional regulators of T cell fate and function. He is looking forward to better understanding the role of these epigenetic and transcriptional networks in controlling T cell function with hopes to apply these findings to the fields of immune checkpoint blockade and adoptive cellular therapies. Beyond work in the lab, Stefan enjoys roaming around all the different parts of the city by bike to looking for unique photography opportunities, as well as new places to eat, and explore.


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Zachary Lanzar

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Christoph Thaiss

Zachary was born and raised in Upstate New York and received a BS in Biochemistry from Syracuse University in 2017. Zachary decided to leave the northeast and move across the country to work as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Juliana Idoyaga at Stanford. As a member of a dendritic cell biology lab, he worked to characterize a novel dendritic cell population termed the transitional dendritic cell. Zachary’s interest in immunology was sparked under Dr. Idoyaga’s mentorship and has since flourished as he has been gradually exposed to a broad range of immunological concepts. Continuing his studies in immunology, Zachary would like to remain within the realm of innate immunity with interests in metabolism and cancer therapeutics. Outside of lab, Zachary enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, checking out local breweries, and the emotional rollercoaster that is a round of weekend golf. 


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Bruktawit Goshu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Phillip Scott

Bruktawit obtained her bachelor's degrees in Health Sciences and Spanish from DePaul University. Upon graduating, she joined Dr. Evan Stubbs’s laboratory at the Hines V.A. where she worked with Dr. Kelly Langert to elucidate the protective effects of locally administered Lovastatin encapsulating nanoparticles in Experimental Autoimmune Neuritis. She later joined Dr. Clifford Lane’s laboratory as an NIH postbaccalaureate fellow where she worked on two projects: 1st: Under the mentorship of Dr. Marta Catalfamo, she discovered that combination rhIL-15+Avelumab immunotherapy enhances HIV-specific CD8 T cell functionality. 2nd: She was mentored and worked with Drs. Hiromi Imamichi and Kanal Singh on a longitudinal study of “defective” HIV proviruses in a cohort of chronically HIV-infected patients with the aim of characterizing their changes over time and evaluating their role in HIV-associated pathogenesis. Her research interests lie in immunotherapy and vaccine development against infectious diseases. She enjoys writing, volunteering, and learning about different cultures. 


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Emma Goodman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Aimee Payne

Emma received a BA in biological sciences from Wellesley College in 2017. Emma has research experience in the laboratory as well as clinical veterinary research experience. In the McNiel Laboratory at Tufts Medical and Veterinary Schools, she studied canine models for human gastric cancer; at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, Emma worked on a clinical immunotherapy trial under the guidance of Dr. Ann Hohenhaus; and her undergraduate thesis investigated the mechanism of action of novel pancreatic chemotherapeutics. Most recently, Emma worked in the Antczak Laboratory, an equine immunology lab at Cornell University’s Baker Institute for Animal Health, where her research focused on improving an equine herpes vaccine. It was there that Emma discovered her passion for horses. In her free time, Emma loves cooking, playing flute, running, bonsai, and spending time with friends, family, and her two senior cats. She has also worked as a professional cake decorator. Emma is thrilled to be pursuing immunology at Penn, where she hopes to study novel immunotherapies.


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Rachel Clement

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • David Allman

Rachel received her BS in biochemistry at Union College in 2018. Following graduation, she joined Dr. Peter Sages lab at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. As a research technician, she investigated the role(s) that TFR cells have on TFH and B cells in the germinal center reaction.  More recently, she has been investigating the role of different cytokine producing TFH cells and how they change depending on context and timing of an immune response. This immunology research has sparked her interest in autoimmunity and hopes to further her research in this area. Outside of lab, Rachel likes to paint, do puzzles, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with friend and family. 


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Julia Eberhard

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi

Julia received her BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Stanford in 2018. Her undergraduate thesis in Steven Artandi’s lab centered around understanding the molecular mechanism through which mutant Nucleophosmin1 promotes leukemogenesis. After graduating she worked as a research associate for 3T Biosciences, a cancer immunotherapy start-up based on research from Stanford’s Garcia Lab that focuses on developing TCR based therapies for solid tumors. Her role in identifying novel self-antigen targets for orphan TCRs and establishing TCR cross-reactivity profiles fostered an interest in better understanding the regulation of antigen recognition and activation in T cells. While still fascinated with the immune-oncology space, Julia hopes to explore the role of T cell-based therapies in autoimmunity. Outside of the lab, Julia enjoys biking, rock climbing, and rock music --playing 70s/90s rock on guitar with a questionable amount of skill but a lot of Heart.


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Montserrat Arreguin

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Rotations:

  • Kellie Ann Jurado

Originally from Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, Montse graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry in 2019. During her undergraduate training, she was part of the BUILDing SCHOLARS Program, which facilitated the opportunity to conduct research during her summers at various institutions, including the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Rochester. As an undergraduate, she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Laura O’Dell where she completed an undergraduate thesis studying how nicotine withdrawal produces sex-dependent changes in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the interpeduncular nucleus. She hopes to combine her interest in the brain and immunology by studying neuro-immune and host-pathogen interactions and sex differences. Montse is excited to join IGG and to eventually become the first Dr. Arreguin in her family. Outside of the lab, Montse enjoys reading, cooking, and attending concerts.


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Lily Sun

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Maayan Levy
  • Grégoire Altan-Bonnet
Ashwin Skelly

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Beatrice Hahn
Bernadette Deschaine

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman
  • Michael Abt
Casey Lee

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • David Allman
  • Vijay Bhoj
  • Aimee Payne

Originally from the Bay Area, Casey received his BS and MS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Yale University in 2017. During his time in New Haven, he worked in the lab of Kevin O’Connor studying tolerance checkpoints and autoantibody binding in neurologic autoimmune diseases. At Penn, he hopes to continue to explore his passion for pathogenic antibodies and their origins and integrate his interest with clinical applications. In his free time or when procrastinating, Casey enjoys playing board games or video games on his Switch, and he tries his best to wear pink on Wednesdays, because “[o]n Wednesdays, we wear pink.”


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Megan Clark

Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Advisor(s):

  • Jorge Henao-Mejia

Rotations:

  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
  • Patrick Seale
  • Phillip Scott

Awards
2019 Blavatnik Family Foundation Fellowship
2016 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship


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Rebecca Rosenthal

Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2012

Project Title: "Defining the anatomic localization and residency of T-bet+ B cells"

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Cancro

Rotations:

  • David Allman
  • Nina Luning Prak
  • Nicola Mason
Sushila (Annie) Toulmin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: "The regulation and function of MHC class II on lung type II alveolar cells"

Advisor(s):

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Scott Hensley

Awards
2020 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30)


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Lucien Turner

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Will Bailis

Rotations:

  • Will Bailis
  • John Wherry
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
Ashley Vanderbeck

Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Role of notch signaling in extrathymic T cell development"

Advisor(s):

  • Ivan Maillard

Rotations:

  • Ivan Maillard
  • Avinash Bhandoola (NIH)
  • Warren Pear
Víctor R. Vázquez Marrero (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Joseph Zackular
  • Sunny Shin

Publications
Vázquez Marrero VR, Berríos Piñero CA, De Dios Rodríguez LM, Stelzer T, López-Mejías V. (2019) In the Context of Polymorphism: Accurate Measurement and Validation of Solubility Data. Crystal Growth & Design 19(7): 4101-4108

Awards
2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
2020 Ford Foundation Fellowship, Honorable Mention


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Andrea Wong

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: My thesis research focuses on the interaction between the intestinal microbiome and host immunity. Specifically, I am interested in identifying mechanisms of host immunity modulation by microbial metabolites.

Advisor(s):

  • Maayan Levy

Rotations:

  • Sara Cherry
  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Maayan Levy
Scarlett Yang

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: "Role of FBXW7 isoforms in normal and malignant human B cells"

Advisor(s):

  • Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko

Rotations:

  • Phillip Scott
  • Janis Burkhardt
  • Warren Pear

Publications
1.  Asnani M, Hayer KE, Naqvi AS, Zheng S, Yang SY, Oldridge D, Ibrahim F, Maragkakis M, Gazzara MR, Black KL, Bagashev A, Taylor D, Mourelatos Z, Grupp SA, Barrett D, Maris JM, Sotillo E, Barash Y, Thomas-Tikhonenko A. Retention of CD19 intron 2 contributes to CART-19 resistance in leukemias with subclonal frameshift mutations in CD19. Leukemia 2019
2.  Black KL, Naqvi AS, Asnani M, Hayer KE, Yang SY, Gillespie E, Bagashev A, Pillai V, Tasian SK, Gazzara MR, Carroll M, Taylor D, Lynch KW, Barash Y, Thomas-Tikhonenko A. Aberrant splicing in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nucleic Acids Res. 2018
3.  Li Z, Peers G, Dent RM, Bai Y, Yang SY, Apel W, Leonelli L, Niyogi KK. Evolution of an atypical de-epoxidase for photoprotection in the green lineage. Nat Plants. 2016
4.  Lin KT, Yeh YM, Chuang CM, Yang SY, Chang JW, Sun SP, Wang YS, Chao KC, Wang LH. Glucocorticoids mediate induction of microRNA-708 to suppress ovarian cancer metastasis through targeting Rap1B. Nat Commun. 2015

Awards
T32 Predoctoral Trainee, Training in Tumor Virology, University of Pennsylvania


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Glendon Wu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: "Investigating roles of Vb recombination signal sequences in promoting TCRb allelic exclusion and genomic stability"

Advisor(s):

  • Craig Bassing

Rotations:

  • Craig Bassing
  • Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
  • Michael Atchison
Jennifer Wu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: "The Cellular Identity of Exhaustion: Lessons from an In Vitro Model"

Advisor(s):

  • John Wherry

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • John Wherry
  • Daniel Powell, Jr.

Publications
1.  Chen Z, Ji Z, Ngiow SF, Manne S, Cai Z, Huang AC, Johnson J, Staupe RP, Xu C, Yu S, Kurachi M, Herati RS, Vella LA, Baxter AE, Wu JE, Khan O, Beltra JC, Giles J, Stelekati E, McLane LM, Lau CW, Yang X, Berger SL, Vahedi G, Ji H, Wherry EJ. A TCF-1-centered transcriptional network drives an early binary effector versus exhausted CD8+ T cell fate decision. Immunity, October 2019.
2.  Khan O, Giles JR, McDonald S, Manne S, Ngiow SF, Patel KP, Werner MT, Huang AC, Alexander K, Wu JE, Attanasio J, Yan P, George SM, Bengsch B, Staupe RP, Donahue G, Xu W, Amaravadi RK, Xu X, Karakousis GC, Mitchell TC, Schuchter LM, Kaye J, Berger SL, Wherry EJ. TOX transcriptionally and epigenetically programs CD8+ T cell exhaustion. Nature, 2019 June.
3.  Locci M, Wu JE, Arumemi F, Mikulski Z, Dahlberg C, Miller AT, Crotty S. Activin A programs the differentiation of human TFH cells. Nature Immunology, 2016 July.
4.  Havenar-Daughton C, Reiss SM, Carnathan DG, Wu JE, Kendric K, Torrents de la Pena A, Kasturi SP, Dan JM, Bothwell M, Sanders RW, Pulendran B, Silvestri G, Crotty S. Cytokine-Independent Detection of Antigen-Specific Germinal Center T Follicular Helper Cells in Immunized Nonhuman Primates Using a Live Cell Activation-Induced Marker Technique. Journal of Immunology, 2016 June.
5.  Havenar-Daughton C, Lindqvist M, Heit A, Wu JE, Reiss SM, Kendric K, Bélanger S, Kasturi S, Landais E, Akondy RS, McGuire HM, Bothwell M, Vagefi PA, Scully E, IAVI Protocol C Principal Investigators, Tomaras GD, Davis MM, Poignard P, Ahmed R, Walker BD, Pulendran B, McElrath MJ, Kaufmann DE, Crotty S. CXCL13 is a plasma biomarker of germinal center activity. PNAS, 2016 March.
6.  Locci M, Havenar-Daughton C, Landais E, Wu J, Kroenke MA, Arlehamn CL, Su LF, Cubas R, Davis MM, Sette A, Haddad EK, IAVI Protocol C Principal Investigators, Poignard P, Crotty S. Human circulating PD-1+ memory Tfh cells are highly functional and correlate with broadly neutralizing HIV antibody responses. Immunity, 2013 October.
7.  Chou JP, Ramirez CM, Wu JE, Effros RB. Accelerated Aging in HIV/AIDS:  Novel Biomarkers of Senescent Human CD8+ T Cells. PLoS ONE, 2013 May.
8.  Watson MB, Kyung-Lee S, Richter F, Gabby L, Wu JE, Masliah E, Effros RB, Chesselet M. Regionally-specific microglial activation in young mice over-expressing wildtype alpha-synuclein. Experimental Neurology, 2012 October.
9.  Parish ST, Wu JE, Effros RB. Sustained CD28 expression delays multiple features of replicative senescence in human CD8 T lymphocytes. Journal of Clinical Immunology, 2010 August.
10.  Parish ST, Kim S, Sekhon R, Wu JE, Kawakatsu Y, Effros RB. Adenosine deaminase modulation of telomerase activity and replicative senescence in human CD8 T lymphocytes. Journal of Immunology, 2010 March.
11.  Parish ST, Wu JE, Effros RB. Modulation of T lymphocyte replicative senescence via TNF-{alpha} inhibition: role of caspase-3. Journal of Immunology, 2009 April.


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Franklin Staback Rodríguez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • Michael May
  • Janis Burkhardt
Stacy Thomas

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Liver macrophage dysregulation in pancreatic cancer"

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Daniel Powell, Jr.
  • Gregory Beatty
Sarah Sneed

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: "Blood meal regulation of midgut immunity and metabolism by the steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) promotes commensal expansion in Anopheles gambiae"

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Povelones

Rotations:

  • Michael Povelones
  • Nicola Mason
Lindsey Shallberg

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: "Developing a model system to track CD8 T cell antigen exposure during Toxoplasma gondii infection"

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • Edward Behrens
  • Gregory Beatty
Eric Rodríguez López

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • David Hill

Rotations:

  • David Hill
  • Edward Behrens
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
Tanner Robertson

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: "ERM family proteins facilitate T cell migration, especially during egress in response to sphingosine-1-phosphate"

Advisor(s):

  • Janis Burkhardt

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Janis Burkhardt
  • Phillip Scott
  • James Riley
Sophia Reeder

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • David Weiner

Rotations:

  • Michael Povelones
  • David Weiner
  • Sara Cherry
Indira Rao (she/her/hers)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: "Homeostatic skin immunity to colonization with terminally glycosylated Staphylococcus aureus"

Advisor(s):

  • Yasmine Belkaid (NIH)

Rotations:

  • Yasmine Belkaid (NIH)
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Christoph Thaiss

Awards
2017-2018 NCI Cancer Research Training Award


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Joseph Perry

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Lasting impact of early inhibition on the immune response during the chronic stages of infectious disease"

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • James Riley
  • Michael Cancro
Jacob Paiano

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: "Cell cycle-controlled DNA damage"

Advisor(s):

  • André Nussenzweig (NIH)

Rotations:

  • Oriol Sunyer
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Golnaz Vahedi

Publications
1.  Paiano J, Nussenzweig A. Burning bridges in cancer genomes. 2020. Science.
2.  Mahgoub M*Paiano J*, Bruno M, Wu W, Pathuri S, Zhang X, Ralls S, Cheng X, Nussenzweig A, Macfarlan T. Dual histone methyl reader ZCWPW1 facilitates repair of meiotic double strand breaks. 2020. eLife.
3.  Paiano, J., Wu, W., Yamada, S. et al. ATM and PRDM9 regulate SPO11-bound recombination intermediates during meiosis. Nat Commun 11, 857 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-14654-w
4.  Paiano J, Johnson JL, Vahedi G. Enhancing our understanding of enhancers in T helper cells. 2015. European Journal of Immunology.

Awards
2020 NCI Center for Cancer Research Outstanding PhD Student Award
2019 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


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Samuel McCright

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • David Hill

Rotations:

  • David Hill
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Golnaz Vahedi
Sarah Maddux (she/her/hers)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: "The role of Tregs induced by the microbiota in early life in protection against type I diabetes in the NOD mouse model"

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Silverman

Rotations:

  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Michael Silverman

Publications
1.  Graded Proteasome Dysfunction in Caenorhabditis elegans Activates an Adaptive Response Involving the Conserved SKN-1 and ELT-2 Transcription Factors and the Autophagy-Lysosome Pathway. Keith SA, Maddux SK, Zhong Y, Chinchankar MN, Ferguson AA, Ghazi A, Fisher AL. PLoS Genet. 2016 Feb 1;12(2):e1005823. doi: 10.1371
2.  Comprehensive Ex Vivo Transposon Mutagenesis Identifies Genes That Promote Growth Factor Independence and Leukemogenesis. Guo Y, Updegraff BL, Park S, Durakoglugil D, Cruz VH, Maddux S, Hwang TH, O'Donnell KA. Cancer Res. 2016 Feb 15;76(4):773-86. doi: 10.11583
3.  Viral Glycoprotein Complex Formation, Essential Function and Immunogenicity in the Guinea Pig Model for Cytomegalovirus. Coleman S, Hornig J, Maddux S, Choi KY, McGregor A. PLoS One. 2015 Aug 12;10(8):e0135567. doi: 10.1371
4.  Use of the sucrose gradient method for bacterial cell cycle synchronization. Lin L, Choudhary A, Bavishi A, Ogbonna N, Maddux S, Choudhary M. J Microbiol Biol Educ. 2012 May 3;13(1):50-3. doi: 10.1128

Awards
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Protective Immunity and Immunopathology Research Affinity Group Pilot Project Grant

Research Interests
Environmental and physiological factors that influence the development of immune tolerance and autoimmunity

Personal Interests
Politics, slam poetry, science fiction, baking, board games


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Patrick Lundgren

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Christoph Thaiss

Rotations:

  • David Allman
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Taku Kambayashi

Publications
1.  Lundgren, P. and Thaiss, C. A.. (2020). The microbiome-adipose tissue axis in systemic metabolism. American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.
2.  Jaitin, D., Adlung L., Thaiss, C. A., Weiner, A., Li, B., Descamps, H., Lundgren, P., Bleriot, C., Liu, Z., Deczkowska, A., Keren-Shaul, H., David, E., Zmora, N., Meron Eldar, S., Lubezky, N., Shibolet, O., Hill, D. A., Lazar, M. A., Colonna, M., Ginhoux, F., Shapiro, H., Elinav, E., Amit, I. (2019). Lipid-Associated Macrophages Control Metabolic Homeostasis in a Trem2-Dependent Manner. Cell.

Awards
Slavin Fellowship, 2020
Penn Health-Tech Innovation Pilot Grant, 2018-2019
Singh Center Innovation Seed Grant, 2019

Interests
Basketball, yoga, surfing, and (spending too much time on) twitter.


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Emma Lewis (she/her/hers)

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: "Regulatory T cell dysfuntion at the maternal-fetal interface contributes to fetal loss"

Advisor(s):

  • Michal Elovitz
  • Paige Porrett

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman
  • Michal Elovitz
  • Paula Oliver
Evonne Jean

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Christopher Hunter
  • Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Awards
2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


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Megan Frederick

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Assessing the basis of chromatin opening by hematopoietic pioneer factors"

Advisor(s):

  • Kenneth Zaret

Rotations:

  • Kenneth Zaret
  • Golnaz Vahedi
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia

Awards
2020 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31)


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Amanda Finck

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Carl June
  • Daniel Beiting
  • John Wherry

Awards
2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Publications
1.  Finck, Amanda, and Rong Fan. "Single-Cell Cytokine Analysis to Characterize CAR-T Cell Activation." Cell Reprogramming for Immunotherapy. (2020): 67-81.
2.  Deng, Yanxiang, Amanda Finck, and Rong Fan. "Single-cell omics analyses enabled by microchip technologies." Annual review of biomedical engineering 21 (2019): 365-393.


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Diego Espinoza

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Amit Bar-Or

Rotations:

  • Sarah Henrickson
  • Amit Bar-Or
  • Gerd Blobel
Michelle Cully

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Project Title: "The role of lymphatic endothelial cell intrinsic-IKKa in tertiary lymphoid organ formation"

Advisor(s):

  • Michael May

Rotations:

  • Michael May
  • James Riley
  • Ulf Beier

Project Description: Normally bronchus associated lymphoid tissue (BALT) formation is induced by inflammation, but in mice lacking IKKα in lymphatic endothelial cells, BALTs form spontaneously. I aim to elucidate the mechanism of spontaneous BALT formation and determine their impact on immunity.

 


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Joseph Clark

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: "Investigating the role of IL-33 in resistance to Toxoplasma gondii infection"

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • James Riley
  • Aimee Payne
  • Igor Brodsky
Laura Chopp

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: "Identifying transcriptional and epigenetic changes during CD4 T cell development"

Advisor(s):

  • Remy Bosselut (NIH)

Rotations:

  • Rémy Bosselut
  • Paula Oliver
  • Taku Kambayashi

Publications
1.  Reed BK*, Chopp LB*, Malo CS, et al. A Versatile Simple Capture Assay for Assessing the Structural Integrity of MHC Multimer Reagents. PLoS ONE. 2015;10(9):e0137984. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0137984. *Authors contributed equally
2.  Carpenter AC, Wohlfert, E, Chopp LB, et al. Control of Regulatory T cell Differentiation by the Transcription Factors Thpok and LRF. Journal of Immunology 2017, 199(5):1716-1728. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.1700181.
3.  Amir M, Chaudhari S, Wang R, Campbell S, Mosure SA, Chopp LB, et al. REV-ERBa Regulates TH17 Cell Development and Autoimmunity. Cell Reports 2018, 25(13):3733-3749. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.11.101

Awards
2019 NIH Immunology Interest Group workshop outstanding trainee talk
2019 FASEB SRC outstanding poster presentation
2019 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence
2019 EMBO ThymE travel award and talk
2017 & 2018 NIH Graduate Student Research Award
2016-2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2015 Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award
2014 NSF REU Travel Grant
2014 The Scripps Research Institute Summer Research Fellowship (outstanding poster award)
2013 Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2013 Minnesota State Foundation Research Grant
2012-2015 NSIC Women’s Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Team
2010-2014 Minnesota State Presidential Scholar


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Jose Campos (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Joseph Fraietta
  • Marco Ruella
  • Sarah Henrickson
Publications

Wang, S.*, Campos, J.*, Gallotta, M., Gong, M., Crain, C., Naik, E., Coffman, R. L., & Guiducci, C. (2016). Intratumoral injection of a CpG oligonucleotide reverts resistance to PD-1 blockade by expanding multifunctional CD8+ T cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(46), E7240–E7249. (*Co-first authors)


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Davia Blake (she/her/hers)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Elucidation of signaling pathways that control alternative splicing changes upon human T cell activation"

Advisor(s):

  • Kristen Lynch

Rotations:

  • Kristen Lynch
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Michael Cancro

Publications
Radens CM, Blake D, Jewell P, Barash Y, Lynch KW. Meta-Analysis of Transcriptomic Variation in T cell Populations Reveals both Variable and Consistent Signatures of Gene Expression and Splicing. RNA. 2020


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Emily Bettini

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Michela Locci
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • David Allman
Megha Basavappa

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: "The role of long noncoding RNAs in the regulation of innate antiviral immune responses"

Advisor(s):

  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
  • Sara Cherry

Rotations:

  • Sara Cherry
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
Daniel Aldridge (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Gregory Beatty
Alexa Semon (she/her/hers)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Joseph Zackular
  • Maayan Levy
  • Taku Kambayashi
Michael Scaglione (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Will Bailis

Rotations:

  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
  • Will Bailis
  • Michael Silverman
  • Nina Luning Prak

Awards
2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention


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Jorge Ortiz-Carpena (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Project Title: "Mechanisms of Sinonasal Tuft Cell-driven allergic disease"

Advisor(s):

  • De'Broski Herbert

Rotations:

  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
  • De'Broski Herbert

Publications
1.  Trefoil factor 3 positively associates with IL-25 in patients with Chronic Rhinosinusitis (medRxiv, 2020) *preprint
2.   Adventitial Stromal Cells Define Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cell Tissue Niches (Immunity, 2019)
3.   Isolation and Identification of Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells in Settings of Type 2 Inflammation (Methods in Molecular Biology, 2018)
4.   MicroRNAs 24 and 27 Suppress Allergic Inflammation and Target a Network of Regulators of T Helper 2 Cell-Associated Cytokine Production (Immunity, 2016)


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Trini Ochoa

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • David Allman

Rotations:

  • Jorge Alvarez
  • Igor Brodsky
  • David Allman
Caleb Ng

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Advisor(s):

  • Rachel Caspi (NIH)

Rotations:

  • David Allman
  • Gerd Blobel
  • Avinash Bhandoola (NIH)
Seble Negatu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Kellie Ann Jurado
  • Michael Abt
  • Daniel Beiting
Neha Nataraj

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: "Defining Mechanisms of Extrinsic Apoptosis in Human Macrophages"

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin
  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Janis Burkhardt
  • Paula Oliver

Publications
Ex vivo induction of regulatory T cells from conventional CD4+ T cells is sensitive to substrate rigidity: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jbm.a.36489

Awards
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship


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Jennifer Londregan

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Warren Pear
  • David Allman
  • Ivan Maillard
Jeffrey Lin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: "Type 1 conventional dendritic cells are systemically dysregulated early in carcinogenesis"

Advisor(s):

  • Robert Vonderheide

Rotations:

  • Golnaz Vahedi
  • Robert Vonderheide
  • David Feldser

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Ruth-Anne Pai

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Investigating mechanisms of immune cell activation in idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease"

Advisor(s):

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • David Fajgenbaum

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Warren Pear

Publications
Pai et al. (2019). A Type I Interferon response is associated with increased mTOR activation in the TAFRO subtype of idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. JCI Insight (in revision). Fajgenbaum D, Langan R. et al. (2019). Identifying and targeting pathogenic PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling in IL-6-blockade-refractory idiopathic multicentric Castleman disease. JCI.

Service
Co-director, Immunology Graduate Student Association, 2018-2020


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Kathleen Krauss

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Frederic Bushman
  • Edward Behrens
Chad Komar

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Junwei Shi
  • Gerd Blobel

Rotations:

  • Gerd Blobel
  • Junwei Shi
  • Gerald Linette
  • Anil Rustgi
Rina Kim

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: "Role of Ferroptosis in Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in the Tumor Microenvironment"

Advisor(s):

  • Robert Vonderheide

Rotations:

  • Dmitry Gabrilovich
  • David Weiner

Publications
1.  Çuburu N, Khan S, Thompson CD, et al. Adenovirus vector-based prime-boost vaccination via heterologous routes induces cervicovaginal CD8+ T cell responses against HPV16 oncoproteins. Int J Cancer. 2018
2.  Çuburu N, Kim R, Guittard GC, et al. A prime-pull-amplify vaccination strategy to maximize induction of circulating and genital-resident intraepithelial CD8+ memory T Cells. J Immunol. 2019
3.  Kapralov A, Yang Q, Dar H et al. Redox lipid reprogramming commands susceptibility of macrophages and microglia to ferroptotic death. Nat Chem Biol. 2020


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Ceire Hay

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Sarah Henrickson
  • David Feldser
  • Blanca Himes
Breanne Haskins

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Igor Brodsky
  • Christopher Hunter
  • Boris Striepen


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Andrew Hart

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Investigating epigenetic dysregulation of Tfh cell production and maintenance in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)"

Advisor(s):

  • Terri Laufer

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Robert Lee
  • Carolina Lopez
Jordan Harris

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Elizabeth Grice
  • Taku Kambayashi

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Elizabeth Grice
Jamal Green

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Silverman

Rotations:

  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Laura Su
  • Michael Silverman
Eileen Goodwin

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Hensley
  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Michael Betts
Naomi Goldman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "The mechanisms through which TCF-1 opens the chromatin during T cell development"

Advisor(s):

  • Golnaz Vahedi

Rotations:

  • Golnaz Vahedi
  • David Allman
  • Nicola Mason
Bonnie Douglas (she/her/hers)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "CD4+ T cell responses to parasitic helminth infection"

Advisor(s):

  • De'Broski Herbert

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman
  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Thomas Leung
  • Rachel Caspi (NIH)

Publications

Fellowships
2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


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Claudia Arevalo

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: "Cross reactive antibody responses to heterologous influenza infections"

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Hensley

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • John Wherry
  • James Riley
Brittney Allyn

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Craig Bassing

Rotations:

  • Craig Bassing
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Paula Oliver

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