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Moses Hinton

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Katharine Bar
  • James Riley

Research Interests: Pharmacology, Cancer, Therapeutic sciences, Translational Science, Clinical Research
Research Experience: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH, National Cancer Institute, NIH


Henry Utset

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Ellen Puré

Rotations:

  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Ellen Puré

Research Interests: Autoimmunity, Germinal center Reaction, cancer immunotherapy, tumor microenvironment, epigenetics, RNAi
Research Experience: Patrick Wilson, PhD (Univ of Chicago), James Liao, MD, PhD (Univ of Chicago)


Saba Tegegne

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Elizabeth Grice

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • David Hill
  • Taku Kambayashi

Research Interests: Innate and adaptive immune system, T cell signaling, Autoimmunity, Primary Immunodeficiencies, Cancer, Metabolic diseases
Research Experience: Carrie Lucas, PhD (Yale Univ), Linheng Li, PhD (Stowers Institute for Medical Research), Gregory Fairn, PhD (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s), Paul Cohen, MD, PhD (Rockefeller Univ), Lisa Robinson, MD, FRCSC (Peter Gilgan Center, Hospital for Sick Children)


Maryia Svirydava

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Sarah Henrickson

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Sarah Henrickson
  • Neil Romberg

Research Interests: autoimmune disease, immune tolerance, CAR T cells
Research Experience: Nehal Mehta, MD, MSCE, FAHA (NIH), Theodore Kwaku Dayie, PhD (University of Maryland)


Samuel Kim

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Carl June
  • Regina Young

Rotations:

  • Carl June
  • Kai Tan

Research Interests: T cell immunology, T cell priming, cancer immunotherapy, mechanisms of immune evasion, antigen presentation
Research Experience: Katelyn Byrne, PhD (University of Pennsylvania)


Muskaan Aggarwal

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Vijay Bhoj

Rotations:

  • Will Bailis
  • Vijay Bhoj

Research Interests: Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Parasitology, coevolution of hosts and pathogens
Research Experience: Harrison/Schmidt Labs (Boston Children’s Hospital/Ragon Institute), Amon Lab (Koch Institute), Chen Lab (UC, Davis)


Josetta Adams

Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Carl June
  • Regina Young

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Carl June

Research Interests: Immunoengineering, translational immunology, immuno-oncology , vaccine development, infectious diseases
Research Experience: Irvine Lab (Koch Institute)


Chloe Wang

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Laura Su
  • Nik Sgourakis

Research Interests: Cancer immunotherapy, T cell engineering, stem cell derived immunotherapy, immune cell plasticity, modeling disease progression
Research Experience: Christopher Seet (UCLA); Zhefeng Guo (UCLA); Charles Craik (UCLA)


Chloe Talana

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Amit Bar-Or
  • Michael Betts

Research Interests: Virus-host interaction, exploring the development and maintenance of the immune response to viral infections, as well as designing and developing novel vaccines and antiviral
therapeutics
Research Experience: Dr. Richard Koup and Dr. John Mascola (Vaccine Research Center, NIAID NIH); Dr. Meike Dittmann (NYU Grossman School of Medicine); Dr. Joel Blankson (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine); Dr. Michael Weichhaus (Chaminade University of Honolulu)


Nate Swanbery

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • David Allman
  • Christopher Hunter

NIH Scholar
Research Interests: How and why innate immune cells interact within the tumor microenvironment, and the consequences of these innate immune cells on T cell responses and cancer progression.
Research Experience: Avinash Bhandoola (NCI); Engda Hagos (Colgate University)


Natasha Puzon

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman
  • David Hill

Research Interests: Allergic disease, inflammation and asthma. Also, the microbiome and its effects on health and autoimmunity. Additionally, the influenza virus, how it mutates and interacts with host cells.
Research Experience: Bronwyn Gunn (Washington State University); Douglas Call (Washington State University); Michael Konkel (Washington State University)


Samantha Provost

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • Amelia Escolano

Research Interests: Immune correlates of protection/risk as pertains to cancer, vaccine efficacy, and other disease.
Research Experience: Mario Roederer/Kathryn Foulds (NIAID/VRC); Douglas Lyles (Wake Forest SoM); Jason Stumpff (Univ. of Vermont)


Katherine Premo

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Laura Vella
  • David Allman

Research Interests: Autoimmunity, Molecular Biology, B cell Biology, Allergy
Research Experience: Shiv Pillai (Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard); Christian Karsten (University of Lubeck)


Caitlin McCabe

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Nicola Mason
  • James Riley

Research Interests: Translational immunology, immunotherapy, vaccinology, cell-based therapies
Research Experience: Maureen Hanson (Cornell University); Jason Cyster (University of California, San Francisco); Benjamin Harris (University of Oxford); Joya Chandra (University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center); Wei Yang (Oregon State University)


Erin Maule

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • Vladimir Muzykantov

Research Interests: Virology, host-pathogen interactions, the relationship between viral infection and autoimmune disease development, and vaccine development.
Research Experience: Sujan Shresta (La Jolla Institute for Immunology); Stephen Spector (UC San Diego)


Abbie Lustig

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Scott Canna
  • Ken Cadwell

Research Interests: Host-microbe interactions, microbiome, autoimmunity, immuno-oncology
Research Experience: Daria Van Tyne (University of Pittsburgh); Joseph Zackular (University of Pennsylvania)


Venessa (Shuaitong) Liu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • John Wherry
  • Christoph Thaiss

Research Interests: Deciphering immunological mechanisms of cancer and other malignancies and designing translational approaches to manipulate the immune system to eliminate infections and
diseases.
Research Experience: Liang Deng (MSKCC); Charles Rice (Rockefeller University); Shaorong Gao (Tongji University)


Adam Kramer

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Scott Gordon
  • Malay Haldar

Research Interests: Cell therapies, NK and NKT biology, and the tumor microenvironment.
Research Experience: Lili Yang (UCLA)


Lutfi Huq

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Julia Tchau
  • Drew Weissman
  • Jillian Melamed

NIH Scholar

Research Interests: Adoptive Cellular Therapy, Cancer Immunotherapy (TIL, TCR, CAR), Tissue Residency, Autoimmunity, Allergy, Asthma
Research Experience: Seung Kim (Stanford Medical School); Ruth Ley (Cornell Univ), Purna Kashyap (Mayo Clinic); Yasmine Belkaid (NIAID); Steven Rosenberg (NCI); Laura Mackay (University of Melbourne)


Christian Howard

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Sarah Henrickson

Research Interests: T cell development and memory formation. Signals invoking and marking tissue residency. Respiratory diseases, neglected tropical disease models. Optimizing vaccine strategies and regiments.
Research Experience: Marion Pepper (University of Washington)


Sophie Gray-Gaillard

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • Michela Locci

Research Interests: Human immune responses, specifically the heterogeneity of T cell responses, in the setting of disease, vaccination, autoimmunity, and cancer using single-cell, high-dimensional technologies.
Research Experience: Ramin Herati (NYU); Alex Baugh (Swarthmore College)


Jake Fischman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Evan Weber
  • Christoph Ellebrecht

Research Interests: Applications of synthetic biology for cell therapy engineering. Leveraging basic science to enhance understanding of cell therapy. Wet lab, omics, and in silico approaches to understand lymphocyte biology.
Research Experience: Marcel van den Brink (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Sloan Kettering Institute); Giancarlo Cuadra (Muhlenberg College), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (Infectious Disease Therapeutic Focus Area, Inflammation and Immune Disease Therapeutic Focus Area)


Hannah Dobson

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Scott Gordon

NIH Scholar

Research Interests: Immunological mechanisms involved in protective immunity to both self and non-self-antigens, including how these responses can become disrupted during autoimmunity, cancer, and infectious disease.
Research Experience: James J Moon (University of Michigan); Alfred E Chang & Qiao Li (University of Michigan); Bruce S Klein (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Gongqin Sun (University of Rhode Island)


Ashlin Cowger

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Nan Zhang
  • Malay Haldar

Research Interests: Cell-based immunotherapies to treat cancer and elucidating the immunosuppressive qualities of the tumor microenvironment to better develop immunotherapies to treat solid tumors.
Research Experience: Michelle Townsend, Kim O’Neill (Thunder Biotech); Scott K. Weber (Brigham Young University)


James Chang

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Igor Brodsky
  • Michela Locci

Research Interests: Using mouse models to study mechanisms of immune response against infectious disease for the development of vaccines.
Research Experience: Daniela Weiskopf (La Jolla Institute for Immunology); Tanya Tschirhart (Naval Research Laboratory); Karen Dobos (Colorado State University); Alicia Hawthorne (University of Central Florida)


Oishi Bardhan

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Laura Vella
  • Will Bailis

Research Interests: Regulatory mechanisms behind T cell biology/responses to chronic infections and cancers. Also interested in the link between metabolism and epigenetics of immune cells.
Research Experience: Warren Pear (University of Pennsylvania); Casey Londergan (Haverford College); Kenji Murakami (University of Pennsylvania)


Reid Banciella

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • John Wherry

Research Interests: T-cell immunology, exhaustion, cancer, immune oncology, chronic disease, immunotherapy, signal transduction, epigenetics, and aging
Research Experience: Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (Caltech); Bruce Hay (Caltech)


Francine Baker

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • Nina Luning Prak
  • Joel Babdor

Research Interests: Tumor immunology, immunogenetics, immunoepidemiology, cell and molecular immunology, microbiology, infectious disease, host pathogen interaction, one-health, translational science, autoimmune diseases, sickle cell disease, health disparities, social determinates of health, access to care
Research Experience: Ambs lab (NIH, NCI, CCR); Prokunina-Olsson lab (NIH, NCI, DCEG); Mbulaiteye lab (NIH, NCI, DCEG); Nath lab (NIH, NINDS, SINS)


Kathya Arana Fernandez Garrido

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2023

Rotations:

  • James Riley
  • Christopher Hunter

Research Interests: Development and function of immune cells. Another area of interest is the immunological response to acute versus chronic infections.
Research Experience: Ellen Robey (UC Berkeley); Mustafa Khokha (Yale University); David Pride (UC San Diego)


Lance Murphy

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Carla Scanzello

Rotations:

  • Carla Scanzello
  • Robert Mauk

Research Interests: Connective tissue disease, immune dysregulation, inflammatory degenerative processes, degenerative joint disease, fibrosis, arthritis
Research Experience: Hung Lab (Cellular Engineering Laboratory)


Simon Zhou

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Colin Conine
  • Taku Kambayashi

Rotations:

  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Colin Conine

Research Interests: immune cells, such as dendritic cells, T cells, and B cells, specifically around the molecular mechanisms that drive their behavior and function
during development or disease
Research Experience: Carpenter Lab (UCSC), Ansel Lab (UCSF)


Harrison Wang

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Roxane Tussiwand

Rotations:

  • Michela Locci
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Roxane Tussiwand
  • Mariana Kaplan

Research Interests: autoimmunity, cancer immunology, genomics, machine learning
Research Experience: Thermo-Fisher, Invitae, Bioverativ, Gene Yeo Lab (UCSD)


Mito Tariveranmoshabad

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Carl June

Rotations:

  • Carl June
  • Gregory Beatty
  • Robert Vonderheide

Research Interests: Cancer immunology, T cell biology, T cell engineering, immunotherapies
Research Experience: Kalbasi, Ribas, and Zamudio Labs (UCLA Biomed)


Kyle Rekedal

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Ted Pierson

Rotations:

  • Oriol Sunyer
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Jason Brenchley
  • Ted Pierson

Research Interests: virology, immunology, and emerging infectious diseases
Research Experience: Stortz Lab (NIH), Amemiya Lab (UC-Merced)


Suzanna Rachimi

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Neil Romberg

Rotations:

  • Paul Gadue
  • Neil Romberg
  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Research Interests: Translational immunology, cancer immunotherapies
Research Experience: Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, EMSL Analytical Inc.


Molly Nelson

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Silverman

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Michael Silverman
  • Sarah Henrickson

Research Interests: developing cancer immunotherapeutics; how leukocytes interact
with their environment, particularly in the context of cancer immunosurveillance/
immunotherapy and immune homeostasis
Research Experience: PDX Pharmaceuticals, Rockey Lab (Oregon State), Turker Lab (Oregon Health & Science)


Ivanna Molina Lopez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • P'ng Loke

Rotations:

  • Cornelius Taabazuing
  • Michael Silverman
  • Sarah Henrickson

Research Interests: innate immunology, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases,
molecular pathogenesis, and host-pathogen interactions
Research Experience: Ileana Rodriguez Lab (Univ PR), Kate Fitzgerald Lab (UMass)


Irene Molina

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Malay Haldar

Rotations:

  • Robert Vonderheide
  • Malay Haldar
  • Will Bailis

Research Interests: understanding the potential role pathogen-specific T cells play in tumor control and identifying regulators of hypoxia-induced chromatin changes
Research Experience: Rutgers Cancer Institute, New Jersey Institute of Technology


Alexandra Lopez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Gordon

Rotations:

  • Jonathan Miner
  • Scott Gordon

Research Interests: maternal-fetal immunology, host-pathogen interactions, microbial pathogenesis, infectious disease, immune responses at barrier sites, immune system development, and immunoregulation
Research Experience: Jurado Lab (Penn), Schoggins, Reese, Koh Labs (UT), Mitchell and Goeffroy Labs (Texas A&M)


Timothy Johnston

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Danny Douek

Rotations:

  • John Wherry
  • Scott Hensley

Research Interests: human immune responses to vaccination and natural infection
Research Experience: Douek Lab (NIH), Masopust and Schmidt-Dannert Labs (U Minnesota)


Nathan Dangle

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Andy Minn

Rotations:

  • James Riley
  • Andy Minn
  • Leyuan Ma

Research Interests: cancer immunology, and specifically immunotherapies of cancer, such as cancer vaccination, CAR T cells, and immune checkpoint blockade
Research Experience: Wu Lab (Dana-Farber Cancer Inst), Hacohen Lab (Broad Institute), Yang Lab (Penn)


Lauren Cominsky

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Neil Romberg

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Nina Luning Prak
  • Neil Romberg

Research Interests: adaptive immune response associated with infectious and/or autoimmune diseases
Research Experience: Andrews & McDermott Lab (NIH) Zhang, Varani & Walker Labs (UW)


Nicolai Apenes

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Igor Brodsky

Rotations:

  • Sunny Shin
  • Laura Vella
  • Igor Brodsky

Research Interests: host-pathogen interactions, immune response, effector function, infections
Research Experience: Singer Lab (NIH), Wynne Lab (U Portland), Nishimura Lab (Colorado State)


Shaneaka Anderson

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Alexander Huang

Rotations:

  • Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
  • Gerald Linette
  • Alexander Huang

Research Interests: translational immunology, tumor immunology, cancer immunotherapy and molecular and cellular biology of the immune system
Research Experience: SUIP-CCI Scholar (Fraietta Lab), U Delaware Summer Program


Laura  Anderson

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2022

Advisor(s):

  • Nicola Mason
  • Roddy O'Connor

Rotations:

  • Nicola Mason
  • Roddy O'Connor
  • Chengcheng Jin

Research Interests: tumor/cancer immunology, neuroimmunology, and translational immunology
Research Experience: Haydel Lab (AZ State), Bergsagel Lab (Mayo Clinic)


Leena Babiker

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Laura Vella
  • Ivan Maillard

Rotations:

  • Laura Vella
  • Joseph Fraietta
  • Ivan Maillard

Research Interests
Cancer immunology and immunotherapy; utilizing the immune system to develop new therapies and discovering the pathways to tumor malignancy.


Nina De Luna

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Laura Vella

Rotations:

  • Laura Vella
  • Scott Hensley
  • Neil Romberg

Research Interests
Immune cell types which are functionally critical for clearing infections and how those functions are regulated.


Katlyn Lederer

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Ivan Maillard

Rotations:

  • Ivan Maillard
  • David Allman

Research Interests
CD4+ T and B cell responses in the context of infections, vaccination, and disease.


Alana McSween

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Christoph Thaiss

Rotations:

  • Sarah Henrickson
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Chris Bennett

Research Interests
T Cell Immunology, Adaptive Immunity, Autoimmunity, and CAR T Cell Therapy.


Adjoa Osei-Ntansah

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Gordon

Rotations:

  • Joseph Zackular
  • Vijay Bhoj
  • Scott Gordon

Research Interests
Immunopharmacology, pharmacomicrobiomics, immunotherapy, effect of therapeutic options on immune system, host immunity modulation by microbes.


Stephanie Schreiner

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

Rotations:

  • David Allman
  • Yi-Wei Chang
  • Sunny Shin

Research Interests
Exploring how our immune system fights off infections. More specifically, how certain pathogens are able to bypass our immune system and cause serious illnesses.


Jason Shoush

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Malay Haldar

Rotations:

  • Michael Betts
  • Malay Haldar
  • Robert Vonderheide

Research Interests
Cancer immunotherapies, tumor immunology, mechanisms of immune suppression in tumors, mechanisms of immune activation, bioinformatics, imaging, cytokines


Ebony Smith

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Carl June

Rotations:

  • Martha Jordan
  • Robert Vonderheide
  • Carl June

Research Interests
 Translational immunology, cancer immunotherapies, t cell and b cell immunology, and cancer biology


Leo Torres

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • John Wherry

Rotations:

  • Avery Posey
  • Saar Gill
  • John Wherry

Research Interests
Cancer Immunology, Viral Immunology, T Cells, Computational Immunology, Novel


Khris Trihemasava

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • Will Bailis

Rotations:

  • James Riley
  • Michael Betts
  • Will Bailis

Research Interests
Function, regulation, and response of B and T lymphocytes. Adaptive immunity in context of infectious diseases and autoimmunity. Viral immunology and immunotherapy


Nicholas Tursi

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2021

Advisor(s):

  • David Weiner

Rotations:

  • David Weiner
  • David Allman

Research Interests

- Induction of T follicular helper cells
- Germinal center B cells and B cell maturation
- Vaccine-induced immune responses 


Meng Lou

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Bob Heuckeroth

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Bob Heuckeroth

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.


Jeremy Morrissette

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Canna

Rotations:

  • James Riley
  • Edward Behrens
  • Scott Canna

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.


Samuel Chauvin

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Jonathan Miner

Rotations:

  • Janis Burkhardt
  • Matthew Weitzman
  • Jonathan Miner

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.


Joy Chiu

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Michela Locci

Rotations:

  • Andy Minn
  • Nina Luning Prak
  • Michela Locci

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.


Maria Merolle

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Ben Stanger
  • Christopher Hunter
  • Michael Mitchell

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.  


Sam Barnett Dubensky

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Derek Oldridge
  • Laura Vella

Rotations:

  • Jorge Henao-Mejia
  • Taku Kambayashi

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.


Rachel Serafin

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Hensley

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • John Wherry
  • Scott Hensley

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.


Isaiah Rozich

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Silverman

Rotations:

  • Kai Tan
  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Michael Silverman

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.


William A. Molina Arocho

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Malay Haldar

Rotations:

  • Joseph Baur
  • Malay Haldar
  • Jorge Henao-Mejia

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.


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.


Stefan Lundh

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Martha Jordan

Rotations:

  • Martha Jordan
  • Warren Pear
  • John Wherry

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.


Zachary Lanzar

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Christopher Hunter
  • Malay Haldar

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. 


Bruktawit Goshu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Taku Kambayashi

Rotations:

  • Phillip Scott
  • Michael Abt
  • Chengcheng Jin

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. 


Emma Goodman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Aimee Payne

Rotations:

  • Aimee Payne
  • Nicola Mason
  • Roddy O'Connor

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.


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. 


Julia Eberhard

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Laura Vella
  • Christopher Hunter

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.


Montserrat Arreguin

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2020

Advisor(s):

  • Kellie Ann Jurado

Rotations:

  • Kellie Ann Jurado
  • De'Broski Herbert
  • Michael Abt

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.


Lily Sun

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Yasmine Belkaid (NIH)
  • Taku Kambayashi

Rotations:

  • Maayan Levy
  • Grégoire Altan-Bonnet
  • Yasmine Belkaid (NIH)
  • Taku Kambayashi
Ashwin Skelly

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Beatrice Hahn
  • Amelia Escolano

Rotations:

  • Beatrice Hahn
  • John Wherry
  • Amelia Escolano
John Deschaine

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Silverman

Rotations:

  • Michael Silverman
  • Michael Abt
Casey Lee

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Aimee Payne
  • Christoph Ellebrecht

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.”


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


Daniel Aldridge (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • Taku Kambayashi
  • Gregory Beatty
Brittney Allyn

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Craig Bassing

Rotations:

  • Craig Bassing
  • Montserrat Anguera
  • Paula Oliver
Emily Bettini

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Michela Locci

Rotations:

  • Michela Locci
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • David Allman
Jose Campos (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Sarah Henrickson

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)


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.

 


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.


Eileen Goodwin

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Scott Hensley
  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Scott Hensley
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Michael Betts
Breanne Haskins

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Christopher Hunter

Rotations:

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

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Sarah Henrickson

Rotations:

  • Sarah Henrickson
  • David Feldser
  • Blanca Himes
Evonne Jean

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • De'Broski Herbert

Rotations:

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

Awards
2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Kathleen Krauss

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Laurence Eisenlohr

Rotations:

  • Laurence Eisenlohr
  • Frederic Bushman
  • Edward Behrens
Jennifer Londregan

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • David Allman

Rotations:

  • Warren Pear
  • David Allman
  • Ivan Maillard
Samuel McCright

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • David Hill

Rotations:

  • David Hill
  • Christoph Thaiss
  • Golnaz Vahedi
Seble Negatu

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Kellie Ann Jurado

Rotations:

  • Kellie Ann Jurado
  • Michael Abt
  • Daniel Beiting
Caleb Ng

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Advisor(s):

  • Rachel Caspi (NIH)

Rotations:

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


Eric Rodríguez López

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • David Hill

Rotations:

  • David Hill
  • Edward Behrens
  • Laurence Eisenlohr
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


Alexa Semon (she/her/hers)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Joseph Zackular

Rotations:

  • Joseph Zackular
  • Maayan Levy
  • Taku Kambayashi
Franklin Staback Rodríguez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Janis Burkhardt

Rotations:

  • Christopher Hunter
  • Michael May
  • Janis Burkhardt
Víctor R. Vázquez Marrero (he/him/his)

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Advisor(s):

  • Sunny Shin

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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