Jenkins Lab Graduate Student Alumni

Graduate Students

Sarah Asch, M.D., M.S.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2003
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Characterizing Antigen Presentation to CD4+ T Cells in Non-lymphoid Tissue"

Current Position Pediatric Dermatologist, HealthPartners/Park Nicollet, St. Paul, MN 

Zongming Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

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Program: Microbiology
Defense Year: 1998
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "In Vivo Analysis of Antibacterial T Cell Immunity: Tracking the Antigen-Specific CD4 T Cell Response to a Recombinant Antigen Expressed in a Bacterium. "

Current PositionAnatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology Director and Associate of Geisinger Medical Laboratories at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA

Hon Man Hamlet Chu, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2009
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Analysis of the Pre-Immune T Cell Repertoire"

Current Position: Scientist, Gilead Sciences,  San Francisco, CA
Contact Info:
 
 

Dimuthu Renuka Desilva, Ph.D.

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Program: Microbiology
Defense Year: 1995
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "The Induction and Maintenance of Unresponsiveness in Interleukin-2 Producing T-lymphocytes"

Current PositionAssociate Director, Regulatory Medical Writing, Janssen Research & Development, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, PA
Contact Infoddesilva@its.jnj.com

 

Benjamin Ehst, M.D., Ph.D

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2002
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Design and Characterization of a Model of Murine Skin Graft Rejection: Visualizing the Immune Response Against a Defined Minor Transplantation Antigen. "

Current Position:  Dermatologist, HealthPartners Specialty Center, St. Paul, MN  

 

Jason Hataye, M.D., Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2006
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Cell Competition for Survival and Proliferation Resources Defines the CD4+ T Cell Niche"

Current Position Infectious diseases physician-scientist at the National Institutes of Health (Richard Koup lab), Bethesda, MD
Contact Infojason.hataye@nih.gov



Stephen Huddleston, M.D, Ph.D.

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Program: Surgery
Defense Year: 2009
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Graft Antigen Specific CD4+ T Cells Require CD154 Expression to Clonally Expand and Differentiate to the TH1 Phenotype and Initiate mTOR Dependant Intimal Hyperplasia in Cardiac Allografts"

Current PositionCardiothoracic surgeon at St. Luke's Hospital- Duluth, MN, Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Minnesota
Contact Infohuddl007@umn.edu 


Elizabeth Kearney, M.D., Ph.D

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Program: Microbiology
Defense Year: 1995
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Visualization of Antigen-Specific CD4+ T cell Responses inVivo"

Current Position Internal Medicine, Abbot Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis MN
Contact Info: bkearney01@msn.com

 

Jonathan Linehan, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2012
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "The Generation and Maintenance of TH17 Cells in Response to Bacterial Infection"

Current Position Postdoctoral fellow, NIH, NIAID (Yasmine Belkaid lab), Rockville, MD
Contact Info: jonathan.linehan@nih.gov 


Rebecca Merica, Ph.D.

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Program: Microbiology
Defense Year: 1999
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Study of an Antigen-Specific CD4 Memory T Cell Response inVivo"

Current Position Science Educator, Dine' College, Shiprock, New Mexico
Contact Info: rmerica@dinecollege.edu  
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Ryan Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2014
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "The Origin and Function of a Large Naive CD4+ T Cell Population"

Current Position Resident (Pediatrics), Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
Contact Info: nels5471@umn.edu



Antonio Pagan, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2012
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Roles of CD28, Inducible Costimulator, and the Interleukin-2 Receptor in Helper T Cell Memory Formation"

Current PositionPostdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge (Lalita Ramakrishnan lab), Cambridge, UK
Contact Info: ap825@cam.ac.uk

 

Kathryn Pape, Ph.D.

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Program: Pathobiology
Defense Year: 1997
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Physical tracking of CD4 T cells during the induction and circumvention of peripheral tolerance"

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Univ. of Minnesota, Center for Immunology
Contact Info: papex001@umn.edu

 

Richard Lee Reinhardt, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2002
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "In vivo Generation and Migration of Memory CD4 T Cells During the Course of a Primary Immune Response. "

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Research, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO
Contact Info: ReinhardtR@NJHealth.org


Lori Schneider Rusch, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2006
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "Analysis of Peptide: MHC II Complex Production by Dendritic Cell Subsets in Skin-Draining Lymph Nodes Reveals Multiple Mechanisms of Adjuvant Action. "

Current PositionSenior Clinical Trial Manager at Coloplast Corp, Minneapolis, MN

Kevin B. Urdahl, M.D., Ph.D.

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Program: Microbiology
Defense Year: 1993
Advisor: Marc Jenkins
Dissertation Title: "The Effects of Cyclosporin A on T Cell Development and Tolerance Induction. "

Current Position: Associate Professor, Center For Infectious Disease Research; Affiliate Associate Professor of Immunology and Global Health, University of Washington; Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital
Contact Info: kevin.urdahl@cidresearch.org