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Photo of Jonathan PinneyJonathan Pinney
Graduate Student, 2019 – 2020
Investigating the molecular mechanisms that govern macrophage phagocytosis of mAb-opsonized targets in cancer immunotherapy.

Photo of Seble NegatuSeble Negatu
PREP Student, 2018 – 2019
Seble identified monocyte-derived DCs as the major source of CXCL9 and CXCL10 in the inflamed dermis.
Currently: Ph.D. Student, University of Pennsylvania

Photo of Dillon Schrock, Ph.D.Dillon Schrock, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2011 – 2018
Dillon defined the role of v-integrins and their ligands in positioning Tfh cells to the germinal center.
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Photo of Ninoshka Fernandes, Ph.D.Ninoshka Fernandes, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2014 – 2019
Ninoshka used fibronectin mimetics to determine the role of fibronectin in directing T cell migration in the inflamed skin.
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, AbbVie

Photo of Scott Leddon, Ph.D.Scott Leddon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate, 2017 – 2018
Scott continues to work on the temporal control of the germinal center response by Tfh.
Currently: Staff Scientist, Fowell Lab, University of Rochester

Photo of Katherine Herman, MD/PhDKatherine Herman, M.D./Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2014 – 2017
Katie found that mice deficient in WASp developed a spontaneous skin pathology that was driven by IL-17.
Currently: Pediatric Resident, Boston

Photo of Alison Billroth-MacLurg, PhDAlison Billroth-MacLurg, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2010 – 2016
Postdoctoral Associate, 2016
Alison defined the tissue-specific factors that modulate Treg accumulation in response to different immune challenges.
Currently: Account Manager, STEMCELL Technologies

Photo of Alison Gaylo, M.D./Ph.D.Alison Gaylo, M.D./Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2011 – 2016
Alison identified important differences in the migratory cues utilized by Th1 and Th2 cells for interstitial migration in the inflamed skin.
Currently: Dermatology Resident, University of Pittsburg

Photo of Milan Popovic, Ph.D.Milan Popovic, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012 – 2015
Milan developed intravital tools to assess T:APC interactions in situ by multiphoton microscopy and found that Th1 and Th2 cells have distinct dwell-times with APC.
Currently: Field Application Scientist, IsoPlexis

Photo of Jill W. Ford, Ph.D.Jill W. Ford, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011 – 2014
Jill studies the role of CCL7 in the modulation of immune responses to Leishmania major infection.

Photo of Chris Lazarski, Ph.D.Chris Lazarski, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006 – 2010
Chris found that Th2-derived IL-4 can negatively regulate the recruitment of Th1 cells to sites of inflammation through inhibition of CXCR3-chemokine production.
Currently: Staff Scientist, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington DC

Photo of Michael G. Overstreet, Ph.D.Michael G. Overstreet, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008 – 2012
Mike pioneered our studies of immunity using intravital multiphoton microscopy and revealed that T cells use the extracellular matrix as a scaffold for haptotactic movement through the inflamed dermis.
Currently: Scientist, AstraZeneca

Photo of Dorothy Sojka, Ph.D.Dorothy Sojka, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2004 – 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009 - 2011
Dorothy drove important discoveries on Treg function in vivo, including the role for Treg-derived IL-10 in suppressing IFN responses at barrier surfaces.
Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Photo of Teresa Sukiennicki, Ph.D.Teresa Sukiennicki, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001 – 2005
Teresa focused on the transcriptional changes in the T cell targets of Treg suppression.
Currently: Professor of Biology, Genesee Community College

Photo of Byron AuYeung, Ph.D.Byron AuYeung, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2001 – 2007
Byron defined the role of Itk in Th2 responses to the regulation of Th2 execution of function rather than gain of function.
Currently: Assistant Professor, Emory University

Photo of Yu-Hui Huang, Ph.D.Yu-Hui Huang, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2007 – 2012
Yu-Hui developed single cell analysis of the regulation of T cell signaling by Tregs.
Currently: AKymab, Biotechnology

Photo of Shoshana Katzman, Ph.D.Shoshana Katzman, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2002 – 2007
Shoshana highlighted an important role for the infected tissue in shaping or editing the lymph node-programmed cytokine repertoire.
Currently: Assistant Professor of Biology, Georgia Gwinnett College

Photo of Vanessa Morales-Tirado, Ph.D.Vanessa Morales-Tirado, Ph.D.
Graduate Student, 2003 – 2008
Vanessa identified a new role for WASp in regulating polarized cytokine secretion.
Currently: Principle Research Scientist I, AbbVie Bioresearch Center

Photo of Sade Fridy, MPHSade Fridy, MPH
PREP Student, 2011 – 2012
Currently: Data Analyst, Be the Match, National Marrow Donor Program