Graduate Students

Abigail Dutton

Undergrad Institute: Yale University
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Leib
Project: Investigating neurological morbidity following neonatal infection with herpes simplex viruses

Abigail McGee

Undergrad Institute: Ithaca College
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Obar
Project: The role of alveolar macrophage peroxisomes in response to viral and fungal infections.

Alexander Pastora

Undergrad Institute: Middlebury College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. O'Toole
Project: The production and localization of RTX adhesins in Pseudomonas fluorescens

Alexander Rapp

Undergrad Institute: The University of Connecticut
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Obar
Project: CD4+ T cell responses against the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus

Alia Sajani

Undergrad Institute: Grinnell College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Noelle
Project: Peripheral T cell tolerance and naive T cell heterogeneity

Alicia Bostwick

Undergrad Institute: Hope College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Usherwood
Project: Investigating mechanisms of enhancing metabolic flexibility and function in CD8 T cells

Amy Conaway

Undergrad Institute: Middlebury College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Hogan
Project: Unique biofilm strategies used by LasR- Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Ana Altamirano Hefferan

Undergrad Institute: University of Albany
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Hogan 
Project: Effects of methylglyoxal on Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Arielle Sclar

Undergrad Institute: Lafayette College
Current Lab Affiliation: Drs. Rosato & Skorput
Project: Neuro-immune interactions in the context of chronic pain.

Asmaa Mohamed

Undergrad Institute: University of California, Merced
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Huang
Project: Identifying the role of DC11c myeloid cells in maintaining skin tissue resident CD8 T cells 

Bassam El Hafi

Undergrad Institute: American University of Beirut
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. O'Toole
Project: Polymicrobial communities within the cystic fibrosis lung

Carson Finger

Undergrad Institute: Emory University  
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Hogan
Project: Studying metabolic interactions in poly-microbial communities.

Casey Latario

Undergrad Institute: Grove City College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Ross
Project: Microbe-microbe interactions in the mammalian gut

Cecilia Gutierrez Perez

Undergrad Institute: Central Connecticut State University 
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Cramer
Project: Antifungal drug discovery in the context of invasive fungal infections

Chris Park

Undergrad Institute: University of California, Berkeley
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Pioli
Project: The role of immune system in progression of systemic sclerosis and using immunotherapy to treat the disease

Christopher Tanner

Undergrad Institute: University of Maine 
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Curiel
Project: Improving Cancer Immunotherapy through translational research on a novel Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor, αPDL2.

Clarrisa Dabi

Undergrad Institute: University of Massachusetts
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Bliska 
Project: Investigating effector-triggered immunopathogenesis caused by aType VI secretion system in Burkholderia orbicola.

Colin Hartman

Undergrad Institute: Northern Kentucky University
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Ackerman
Project: Ex vivo arming of immune cells with cancer-specific antibodies for antitumor responses

Danielle Douglas

Undergrad Institute: Northeastern University 
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Usherwood
Project: Spatial transcriptomics to evaluate the effect of various immunotherapies in the tumor microenvironment in the context of metabolism.

David "Tyler" Boone

Undergrad Institute: Wesleyan University
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Huang
Project: Signaling mechanisms of B cell development. 

David Ritz

Undergrad Institute: Ohio State
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Schultz
Project: The dynamics of antibiotic resistance in P. aeruginosa

Emily-Claire Duffy

Undergrad Institute: Bates College
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Usherwood 
Project: The metabolic pathways of immune cells in ovarian cancer.

Fiona McEnany

Undergrad Institute: Plymouth State University 
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Leib
Project: Characterizing the morbidity and mortality of neonatal HSV-2 clinical isolates in a murine model

Francois LeSage

Undergrad Institute: Andrews University
Current Lab Affiliation: Ashare Lab
Project: Investigating the role of extracellular vesicles and Macrophages in Cystic Fibrotic Lung

Gregory Ho

Undergrad Institute: Colby College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Fiering
Project: The mechanism and durability of the immune memory generated by our lab's in situ vaccination model 

Hao Geng

Undergrad Institute: Rice University 
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Schultz
Project: Antibiotic resistance mechanisms adapt to new environments in the context of a dynamical drug response

Heetaek Yang

Undergrad Institute: University at Buffalo
Current Lab Affiliation:  Drs. Pioli & Whitfield
Project: The roles of macrophage and the cellular origins of diseased fibroblasts during the development of Systemic Sclerosis (SSc)

Himanshu Goswami

Undergrad Institute: Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Skopelja-Gardner
Project: Mechanisms of kidney injury in cystic fibrosis.

Jichang Han

Undergrad Institute: Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Turk
Project: Profiling the durable anti-tumor T cell responses in melanoma patients 

Joao Pedro Carvalho

Undergrad Institute: University of São Paulo
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Schultz
Project: Stochastic variation and heterogeneity in antibiotic resistance in E.coli.

Jordan Isaacs

Undergrad Institute: Smith College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Rosato
Project: Targeting anti-viral resident memory T cells as cancer immunotherapy

Julianna Donohoe

Undergrad Institute: Oregon State University
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Bomberger 
Project: Immunometabolism of viral-bacterial coinfections in the CF lung.

Katherine Doss

Undergrad Institute: Stetson University
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Cramer
Project: Investigating the molecular mechanisms of Aspergillus fumigatus strain-specific virulence in patients treated with ibrutinib.

Katherine Quinn

Undergrad Institute: University of Minnesota
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Cramer
Project: Investigating the unique metabolism of Aspergillus fumigatus fungal infections. 

Leena Abdullah

Undergrad Institute: Lahore University of Management sciences, Pakistan
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Huang
Project: Understanding commitment to T vs B cell fate in the primary lymphoid organs

Lily Charpentier

Undergrad Institute: University of Maine
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Stanton
Project: Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, & Prevotella-derived vesicles on airway epithelial cells when these bacteria are cultured in artificial sputum media

Melanie Peck

Undergrad Institute: The University of Western Ontario
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Huang
Project: Armored CAR T cell trafficking and differentiation into distinct memory populations.

Mirjana Stevanovic

Undergrad Institute: New York University 
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Schultz
Project: Stochasticity and heterogeneity in bacteria during antibiotic responses

Natasha Kelkar

Undergrad Institute: Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Ackerman
Project: Developing novel techniques to improve vaccine studies

Neeti Mittal

Undergrad Institute: Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida, India
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Turk 
Project: Investigating resident memory T cell (Trms) responses in cancer with the overarching goal of leveraging Trms as adoptive cell therapy.

Nicole Kordana

Undergrad Institute: Saint Michael's College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Cramer
Project: Innate immune effector cells (particularly neutrophils) and mechanisms of host response to Aspergillus fumigatus, a high mortality fungal pathogen

Paige Canova

Undergrad Institute: University of Maryland Baltimore County 
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Leib
Project: Determining the role of autophagy in HSV-1 latency and reactivation

Rebecca Valls

Undergrad Institute: Florida International University
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. O'Toole
Project: Understanding how the gut microbiome in infants with cystic fibrosis can affect disease progression

Shannon Ferry

Undergrad Institute: University of Rochester
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Huang
Project: Enhancing the efficacy of CAR T cells armored with Super IL2 and IL33 in the context of solid tumors.

Sharanya Sarkar

Undergrad Institute: St. Xavier's College
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Stanton
Project: Host-pathogen interactions in the context of co-infections in Cystic Fibrosis

Stacie Stuut

Undergrad Institute: Grand Valley State University
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Hogan
Project: Investigating factors that provide Pseudomonas aeruginosa a fitness advantage in microoxic environments

Sweta Shrestha

Undergrad Institute: SANN International College, Kathmandu, Nepal
Current Lab Affiliation:  Dr. Ackerman
Project: Study characteristics of IgGs in the context of Antibody-Mediated Rejection (AMR) and HIV Neutralization 

Xin Li

Undergrad Institute: Peking University (China)
Current Lab Affiliation: Dr. Jakubzick
Project: The mononuclear phagocyte system and its importance in homeostasis maintenance