Jenkins Lab Post Doctoral Fellow Alumni

Post Doctoral Fellows

Drew Catron, Ph.D.

Zong-Yu Chen, M.D., Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1993-1995
Research Emphasis: Lymphotactin gene structure

Current Position: Gastroenterologist, Minnesota Gastroenterology, Coon Rapids, MN
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Massimo Costalonga, D.D.S, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2001-2003
Research Emphasis: Mechanism of action of immune adjuvants.

Current Position:  Associate Professor, Division of Periodontology, University of Minnesota, MN
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Paul Garside, Ph.D.

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Fellowship dates: 1995-1997
Research EmphasisT-B cell collaboration

Current Position: Professor, Chair in Basic Immunology (Immunology), Associate - Life Sciences (School of Life Sciences), University of Glasgow, U.K.
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Michael Goldberg, Ph.D.

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Fellowship dates: 2013-2019
Research Emphasis: Established a model that explains Salmonella persistence by looking at the intersection between the pathogen, the phagocyte that harbors it, and the Th1 cell that disinfects the phagocyte. 

Current Position: Research Scientist, Evelo Biosciences, Cambridge, MA
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Debra Hautamaa, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1992
Research Emphasis: Cloning CD28-regulated genes

Current Position: Homemaker, Castle Rock, CO



David Hovinen, M.D., Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1989-1990
Research EmphasisTyrosine phosphorylation in T cells.

Current Position: Obstetrician & Gynecologist, Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge, MN


Elizabeth Ingulli, M.D.


Fellowship dates: 1995-2000
Research EmphasisImaging T cell/antigen presenting cell interactions: In situ analysis reveals physical interactions between CD11b+ dendritic cells and antigen-specific CD4 T cells after subcutaneous injection of antigen.

Current Position: Pediatric Nephrologist, Rady Childrens Hospital of San Diego, CA
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Andrea Itano, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2000-2004
Research Emphasis: Studied CD4+ helper T and B cell activation in vivo by directly tracking antigen-specific cells, antigen, and peptide-MHC complexes using confocal microscopy: Antigen presentation to naive CD4 T cells in the lymph node.Distinct dendritic cell populations sequentially present antigen to CD4 T cells and stimulate different aspects of cell-mediated immunity.

Current Position: Senior Vice President, Immuno-inflammatory diseases, Evelo Biosciences, Cambridge, MA
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Julia Johnson, Ph.D.

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Fellowship dates:
Research EmphasisCostimulatory molecules of antigen presenting cells

Current Position: Homemaker




Alexander Khoruts, M.D.

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Fellowship dates: 1993-2000
Research EmphasisImmune adjuvants

Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterologist, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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Deepali Malhotra, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2013-2017
Research Emphasis: Identifying the tolerance mechanisms that regulate CD4+ T cell repertoires that recognize classes of self-proteins and how those repertoires are shaped by selection and how memory is formed after infection.

Current Position: Scientist in Oncology R&D at AstraZeneca, Rockville, Maryland

James McLachlan, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2004-2009
Research EmphasisEffector T cell activation in non-lymphoid tissues: Migration and accumulation of effector CD4+ T cells in nonlymphoid tissues.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Stephen McSorley, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1997-2002
Research EmphasisT cell response to Salmonella: Tracking salmonella-specific CD4 T cells in vivo reveals a local mucosal response to a disseminated infection.

Current PositionProfessor, SVM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Center for Comparative Medicine University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
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Anna Mondino, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1993-1998
Research Emphasis: Regulation of IL-2 gene expression

Current Position: Head of Research Unit at San Raffaele Scientifc Institute, Milan, Italy
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James J Moon, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2003-2010
Research EmphasisComposition of preimmune T cell repertoire, The role of naive T cell precursor frequency and recruitment in dictating immune response magnitude.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston MA
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Kathryn Pape, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1999-2001
Research Emphasis: In vivo B cell activation

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Center for Immunology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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Marion Pepper, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2006-2012
Research Emphasis:  T cell memory, Origins of CD4(+) effector and central memory T cells.Opposing signals from the Bcl6 transcription factor and the interleukin-2 receptor generate T helper 1 central and effector memory cells.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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Miriam Rajpal, M.D.


Fellowship dates: 2010-13
Research Emphasis
:  CD4+ T cell response in neonates

Current Position: Neonatologist, Lutheran General Hospital, Park RidgeIL 
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Justin Taylor, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2008-2014
Research Emphasis:  Memory B cells and developed an innovative laboratory technique using metallic additives and magnets to test experimental vaccines to see which B cells bind to them.

Current Position: Assistant Member, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division,  Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA
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Noah Tubo, Ph.D.

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Fellowship dates: 2011-14
Research Emphasis
 Developed a novel, highly-sensitive approach that allowed me to investigate the differentiation of single naive CD4+ T cells into different types of effector and memory cells. Showed that the strength of signal that a given CD4+ T cell receives through its unique T cell receptor plays a previously unappreciated role in the commitment of cells to the Th1 and Tfh lineages. Further demonstrated that essentially all naive CD4+ T cells produce memory cells after infection. Collectively, these findings provided a framework for understanding the variability of immune responses between different individuals.

Current Position: Institute Group Leader - ECLIPSE at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
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Traci Zell, Ph.D.

Fellowship dates: 1997-2003
Research Emphasis:  In vivo analysis of T cell signal transduction: Flow cytometric analysis of T cell receptor signal transduction.

Current Position: Director of R&D, Tonbo Biosciences, San Diego, CA
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