Shimizu Lab Post Doctoral Fellow Alumni

Post Doctoral Fellows

Margaret Adelsman, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1996-2000
Research EmphasisStimulation of beta1-integrin function by epidermal growth factor and heregulin-beta has distinct requirements for erbB2 but a similar dependence on phosphoinositide 3-OH kinase.

Current Position: Salesforce CRM Administrator, Minnesota Public Radio, Minneapolis, MN
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Brandon Burbach, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2004-2009
Research Emphasis:  Distinct regulation of integrin-dependent T cell conjugate formation and NF-kappa B activation by the adapter protein ADAP.T-cell receptor signaling to integrins.

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Center for Immunology, Shimizu Lab, Minneapolis, MN
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Anissa Chan, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1998-1999
Research Emphasis
Cutting edge: T cell migration regulated by CXCR4 chemokine receptor signaling to ZAP-70 tyrosine kinase.

Current Position: Senior Scientist, Biothera, Minneapolis MN
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Ricardo De Medeiros, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2002-2006
Research Emphasis:  Regulation of NF-kappaB activation in T cells via association of the adapter proteins ADAP and CARMA1.Protein kinase D1 and the beta 1 integrin cytoplasmic domain control beta 1 integrin function via regulation of Rap1 activation.

Current Position: Director, Scientific and Clinical Affairs at Teleflex Incorporated, Minneapolis, MN
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Deborah Dickey, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1999-2004
Research Emphasis:  Measured effect of kinase-dead or dominant negative PKC constructs on static adhesion of T cells. Determined localization of PKCmu in response to stimulation by confocal microscopy. Isolation of PKCmu binding partners by immunoprecipitation and Western blotting.

Current Position: Research Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics- Lincoln Potter Lab, University of Minnesota, MN
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Eisuke Domae, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2011-2013
Research Emphasis: ICAM-1-dependent homotypic aggregates regulate CD8 T cell effector function and differentiation during T cell activation.

Current Position: Department of Biochemistry, Osaka Dental University, Osaka, Japan

Seiji Goda, D.D.S., Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1999-2002
Research EmphasisControl of TCR-mediated activation of beta 1 integrins by the ZAP-70 tyrosine kinase interdomain B region and the linker for activation of T cells adapter protein.

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Osaka Dental University, Osaka, Japan

Estelle Harris, M.D.


Fellowship dates: 1993-1996
Research EmphasisUse of a beta1 integrin-deficient human T cell to identify beta1 integrin cytoplasmic domain sequences critical for integrin function., T-lymphocyte interactions with endothelium and extracellular matrix.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Medicine,  University of Utah Health Science Center, Medical Director of the University of Utah medical intensive care unit (ICU) and the Huntsman Cancer Hospital ICU/intermediate care unit., Salt Lake City, UT

Wendy Kivens, Ph.D, RAC (US)

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Fellowship dates: 1995-1999
Research Emphasis: Identification of a proline-rich sequence in the CD2 cytoplasmic domain critical for regulation of integrin-mediated adhesion and activation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase.

Current Position: Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Minneapolis, MN
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Juliana Lewis, Ph.D.

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Fellowship dates: 2013-2014
Research Emphasis:  Investigated methods to help tumor antigen-specific CD8+ T cells more efficiently clear tumors in a melanoma mouse model.

Current Position: Flow Cytometry Specialist, Miltenyi Biotec, Arlington, MA
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Fiona Mbai, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2001-2003
Research Emphasis

Current Position: Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Director Research and Knowledge Exchange, Technical University of Kenya
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Jason Mitchell, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2006-2010
Research Emphasis: Multistage T cell-dendritic cell interactions control optimal CD4 T cell activation through the ADAP-SKAP55-signaling module.

Current Position: Assistant Director for the Center for Immunology and Institute for Translational Neurosciences Imaging Core, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Lakshmi Nagarajan, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 2001-2004
Research EmphasisProtein kinase D1 and the beta 1 integrin cytoplasmic domain control beta 1 integrin function via regulation of Rap1 activation.

Current Position Technical Service Specialist, R & D Systems, Minneapolis, MN
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Pamela Reynolds, Ph.D.


Fellowship dates: 1992-1993
Research Emphasis:   Regulatory mechanisms underlying T cell integrin receptor function.

Current Position: Science Educator,  The Bishop's School, La Jolla, CA
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Molly Thomas, Ph.D.

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Fellowship dates: 2004-2008
Research EmphasisThe p110gamma isoform of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase regulates migration of effector CD4 T lymphocytes into peripheral inflammatory sites.

Current PositionProject Manager, Boston Scientific, Minneapolis, MN