Mescher Lab Graduate Student Alumni

Graduate Students

Pujya Agarwal, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2007
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Interleukin-12 and Interferon-α/β - Mediated Gene Regulation in Programming CD8+ T Cell Differentiation."

Current Position: Data Analyst/SAS Programmer, Minneapolis, MN
Contact Info: agar0050@umn.edu

Jessica Hatlevig-Bell, Ph.D.

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Program: MCDB&G
Defense Year: 2006
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Agorin."

Current Position: Biology Faculty, Century College, White Bear, MN
Contact Info: jessica.bell@century.edu  
  

Kerry Casey, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2009
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Third Signal Cytokines and Their Roles in CD8 T Cell Responses."

Current PositionScientist II at MedImmune, Washington D.C.
Contact Info: caseyk@medimmune.com 
    

 

Matthew Deeths, M.D., Ph.D

deethsProgram: Pathobiology
Defense Year: 1998
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Costimulation of CD8 Positive T Lymphocytes."

Current Position: Dermatologist, Mountain West Dermatology, Grand Junction, CO
Contact Info: (970) 242-7273

 

Michael Gerner, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2009
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Antigen Presentation and T Cell Activation During Cancer."

Current PositionAssistant Professor at University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Contact Info:   
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Christopher Hammerbeck, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2007
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Regulation of IL-7 Receptor Alpha Expression on CD8+ T Cells and Its Role in Reversing Activation-Induced Nonresponsiveness."

Current PositionAssociate Investigator/Research Immunologist, The Geneva Foundation, USAMRIID, Washington, DC
Contact Info: cdhammerbeck@gmail.com
 

 

Paige Jensen, J.D, Ph.D.

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Program: MCDB&G
Defense Year: 1997
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Regulation of the CD8 Receptor on Murine Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes."



 

Ross Kedl, Ph.D.

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Program: Pathobiology
Defense Year: 1997
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Analysis of Primary and Memory CD8 Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte Responses inVivo: Tracking an Antigen Specific Response."

Current PositionProfessor at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Denver CO
Contact Info: ross.kedl@ucdenver.edu 
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Flavia Popescu, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2007
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Targeting CD8 T Lymphocyte Activation for Tumor Immunotherapy Using Peptide Antigens and Cytokines."

Current PositionResearch Associate,Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development (David Laraespada lab), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Contact Info: pope0014@umn.edu 

 

Ee Loon Tham, Ph.D.

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ProgramBMBB
Defense Year: 2002
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "The Biochemical Basis for Activation-Induced Non-Responsiveness in CD8 T Cells."

 

 

Clint Schmidt, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2000
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "Interleukin-12 as an Adjuvant and Activation Signal for CD8 Positive T Lymphocytes in Vivo."

Current PositionSupervisor, Human Cellular Therapy Laboratory Division of Transfusion Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Contact Info: schmidt.clint@mayo.edu
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Javier Valenzuela, Ph.D.

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Program: MICaB
Defense Year: 2003
Advisor: Matthew Mescher
Dissertation Title: "The Roles of Interleukin-12 as a Third Signal for Clonal Expansion and Cytolytic Function of Naive CD8 T Cells."

Current PositionClinical Research Associate, Houston, Texas