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Nida Pellett, Ph.D.

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Professional Background

Dr. Meednu graduated from the Department of Biology, University of Rochester with a Ph.D in Cellular, Developmental and Molecular Biology. She then trained in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, University of Rochester Medical Center where she studied the role of a lipid signaling in immune-mediated lung diseases including asthma. She currently is a research assistant professor in the lab of Jennifer Anolik, M.D., Ph.D. She joined the lab in 2012 and has been working on the role of B cells in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, with a specific focus on systemic lupus erythematous and rheumatoid arthritis.


Dr. Meednu's research focus is to understand the underlying pathogenic mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, speciffically systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), on the role of B cells in the development and progression of these diseases. She is investigating autoantibody independent functions of B cells including interaction with other immune cells and other relevant organ systems. In RA, Dr. Meednu is seeking to understand the mechanism of how B cells interact with osteoclasts and osteoblasts to contribute to bone erosion process in this disease.



BA | Thailand-Mahidol University

MS | University of Rochester

PhD | University of Rochester

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2012 - 0
Post-doctoral research associate: Under research advisor, Dr. Jennifer Anolik studying the role of B cell in autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

2008 - 2011
Post-doctoral research associate: under research advisor, Dr. Steve Georas investigating the role of lysophosphatidic acids in immune responses in asthma and allergic diseases.


1999 - 2003
Development and Promotion of Sceince & Technology Scholarship
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

1997 - 1998
Excellent in Studies
Sponsor: Mahidol University
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

1995 - 1998
Development and Promotion of Science & Technology Scholarship
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

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Journal Articles

Palanichamy A.; Bauer, J.W.; Yalavarthi, S.;. Meednu, N.; Barnard, J.; Owen, T.' Cistrone, C.; Bird, A.; Rabinovich, A.; Nevarez, S.; Knight, J.S.;. Dedrick, R.; Rosenberg, A.; Wei, C.; Rangel-Moreno, J. Liesveld, J.; Sanz, I.; Baechler, E.; Kaplan, M.J.; Anolik, J.H. "Neutrophil-mediated IFN activation in the bone marrow alters B cell development in human and murine systemic lupus erythematosus". J Immuno. 2014; 192(3): 906-918.

Block, R.C.; Abdolahi, A.; Smith, B.; Meednu, N.; Thevenet-Morrison, K.; Cai, X.; Cui, H.; Mousa , S.; Brenna, J.T.; Georas, J.T. "Effects of low-dose aspirin and fish oil on platelet function and NF-kappaB in adults with diabetes mellitus". Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2013; 89(1): 9-18.

Emo, J.; Meednu, N.; Chapman, T.; Rezaee, F.; Sugunan, S.; Balys, M.; Randall, T.; Rangasamy, T.; Georas, S.N. "Lpa2 is a negative regulator of both dendritic cell activation and murine models of allergic lung inflammation". J Immuno. 2012; 87(4-5): 3784-3790.