Past Immunology Grant Trainees

Training grant appointment year: 2019-2020

Sara Bolivar Wagers ss

Mentor: Mike Farrar, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Development and function of regulatory T-cells
Current Position: MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

Philip Titcombe

Mentor: Dan Mueller, Medicine
Research Interest: Self-specific B cell evolution in autoimmunity
Current Position: Medical Scientist Training Program (MD./PhD) and MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

 

Training grant appointment year: 2018-2019

Emily Pomeroy

Mentor: Brandon Moriarty, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest:  Basic biology of NK cells and implications for their use in immunotherapy
Current PositionMICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota


Stephanie Y. Rhee

Mentor: Bruce Blazar, Pediatrics
Research Interest: Transplantation immunobiology, with a specific focus on interventions to prevent and treat chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)
Current PositionMedical Scientist Training Program (MD./PhD) and MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

 

Training grant appointment year: 2017-2018

Elizabeth Fay

Mentor: Ryan Langlois, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Immune responses to influenza A viruses
Current PositionBiochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Graduate Student, University of Minnesota


Lee Meier ss

Mentor: Bryce Binstadt, Pediatrics
Research Interest: Mechanisms of inflammation and fibrosis in cardiovascular disease
Current PositionMedical Scientist Training Program (MD./PhD) and MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota


Christopher Tucker  

Mentor: Brian Fife, Medicine
Research Interest: Cancer immunotherapy and its associated autoimmunity
Current Position: Medical Scientist Training Program (MD./PhD) and MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

Sathi Weijeyesinghe

Mentor: David Masopust, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Resident memory T cell longevity and maintenance 
Current Position: Medical Scientist Training Program (MD./PhD) and MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

Michael Zaiken

Mentor: Bruce Blazar, Pediatrics
Research Interest: Epigenetic and transcriptional profiling in treatment development for chronic graft versus host disease 
Current Position: College of Biological Sciences, MCDB&G Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

 

Training grant appointment year: 2016-2017

Elise Breed

Mentor: Kristin Hogquist, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Negative selection of T cells in the thymus
Current Position: Medical Scientist Training Program (MD./PhD) and MICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota


Emily Irey ss

Mentor: Kaylee Schwertfeger, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Looking at how inhibitors of the JAK/STAT pathway affect the breast tumor microenvironment
Current PositionMICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota


Daniel Walsh ss

Mentor: Stephen Jameson, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Mechanisms of how cells become resident memory cells
Current PositionMICaB Predoctoral Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

 

Training grant appointment year: 2015-2016

Dmitri Kotov  

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: T cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors that control CD4 T cell differentiation
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow (Russell Vance lab), University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Kotov ss

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Factors that drive the differentiation of multiple CD4+ T cell subsets
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow (Jason Cyster lab), University of California, San Francisco

David Owen              

Mentor: Michael Farrar, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research InterestRegulatory T cell development and function
Current Position:  MCDB&G Pre-doctoral student, University of Minnesota

 

Training grant appointment year: 2014-2015

Brett Anderson ss

Mentor: Reuben Harris, Biochemistry
Research Interest: HIV-1 VIF and its interplay with the cellular APOBEC3 proteins
Current Position:  Senior Product Development Scientist, Miromatrix Medical Inc, Eden Prairie, MN

Sakeen Kashem, Ph.D. ss            

Mentor: Vaiva Vezys, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: The self-specific CD8 T cell response
Current Position:  Scientist, Bluebird Bio, Cambridge, MA

 

Training grant appointment year: 2013-2014

Javier Cabrera-Perez, Ph.Dss

Mentor: Tom Griffith, Urology
Research Interest: CD4 T cell impairment during sepsis
Current Position: Resident, Pediatrics (PSTP), Baylor College of Medicine

Shirdi Schmiel, Ph.D. ss            

Mentor: Daniel Mueller, Medicine
Research Interest: Regulatory T cells in the induction and maintenance of anergy
Current Position:  Postdoctoral fellow, Linda Sherman lab, The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego, CA

Darin Wiesner, Ph.D.  

Mentor: Paul Bohjanen, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Type 2 helper T cell responses to pulmonary fungal infection
Current Position:  Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Training grant appointment year: 2012-2013

Juliet Crabtree, Ph.D. ss

Mentor: Erik Peterson, Medicine
Research Interest: PTPN22 in viral infections and vaccination
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow (Golenboch/Fitzgerald labs), U Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA

Samantha Dunmire, Ph.D. ss            

Mentor: Bruce Blazar, Pediatrics
Research Interest: Plasma cells in chronic Graft vs. Host disease
Current Position:  Senior Medical Science Liaison at Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc., San Francisco, CA

 

Training grant appointment year: 2011-2012

Stephanie Haasken, Ph.D. ss

Mentor: Bryce Binstadt, Pediatrics
Research Interest: Mechanisms of autoimmune arthritis/carditis
Current Position:  Proposal Writer, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), Milwaukee, WI

Casey Katerndahl, Ph.D. ss            

Mentor: Stephen Jameson, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: KLF2 in memory CD4 T cells
Current Position:   Research Scientist, Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research, Duluth, MN

 

Training grant appointment year: 2010-2011

Zachary Demorest, Ph.D. ss 

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: T-helper 17 memory cells
Current Position: Researcher, Department of Cancer Immunology, Genentech, South San Francisco, CA


Shawn Mahmud, M.D., Ph.D.              

Mentor: Michael Farrar, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: T reg cell development
Current Position:  Pediatric Resident, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Training grant appointment year: 2009-2010

Adovi Akue, Ph.D. ss 

Kieng Bao Vang-Dings, Ph.D. ss            

Mentor: Michael Farrar, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Role of IL2 in lymphocyte production
Current Position:  Research Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas-Little Rock

 

Training grant appointment year: 2008-2009

Amanda Griffin, Ph.D. ss 

Mentor: Stephen McSorley, Medicine
Research Interest: CD4+ T cell response to Salmonella
Current Position:  Biologist (Animal) at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH, Hamilton, MT

Amy Moran, Ph.D.             

Mentor: Kristin Hogquist, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: TCR signal strength and T cell selection
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Antonio Pagan, Ph.D.    

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Role of CD28 in memory T cell generation
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge (Lalita Ramakrishnan lab), Cambridge, UK

Mark Willette, Ph.D.  

Mentor: Michael Farrar, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Role of STAT5 in early B cell development
Current Position: Principal Scientist at Pfizer, Boston, MA

 

Training grant appointment year: 2007-2008

Michael Weinreich, M.D., Ph.D. ss   

Colleen Winstead, Ph.D. ss             

Mentor: Alexander Khoruts, Medicine
Research Interest: Regulatory T cell homeostasis
Current Position:  Associate Principal Scientist, Merck, Kenilworth, NJ

 

Training grant appointment year: 2006-2007

Christopher DeNucci, M.D., Ph.D.   

Mentor: Yoji Shimizu, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: The role of beta-1 integrin on CD4 T cells
Current Position:  Resident, Diagnostic Radiology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Mary Kvitrud Gosse, M.S. ss             

Mentor: Bruce Blazar, Pediatrics
Research Interest: Immune reconstitution following HSCT
Current Position: General Manager, The Innovation Institute, Newport Beach, CA

Thomas McCaughtry, Ph.D. ss

Mentor: Kristin Hogquist, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Kinetics of T cell development
Current Position: Associate Director- Immuno-Oncology & Bio-Therapeutics, KSQ Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA

 

Training grant appointment year: 2005-2006

Rachel Oglivie, Ph.D., MPH ss  

Mentor: Paul Bohjann, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Response to Tristetraprolin on mRNA decay in T lymphocytes
Current Position: Post-Doctoral Scholar in Translational Sleep Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA


Michelle Sandau, Ph.D.  ss            

Mentor: Stephen Jameson, Laboratory, Medicine and Pathology
Research Interest: The role of Interleukin-15 in lymphocyte homeostasis
Current Position:  Senior Basic Research Scientist, AFB International, St. Louis, MO

Cory Yarke, M.D., Ph.D.     

Mentor: Daniel Mueller, Medicine
Research Interest: Regulation of CD4 T cell clonal expansion by TCR and CD28R signaling
Current Position: Internal Medicine Specialist, St Cloud Hospital,  St Cloud, Minnesota

 

Training grant appointment year: 2004-2005

Matthew Burchill, Ph.D.  ss

Sonja Johnson Nodland, Ph.D. ss   

Mentor: Tucker LeBien, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Cytokine control of B cell development
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Kerry Foods, Minneapolis, MN

 

Training grant appointment year: 2003-2004

Christine Goetz, Ph.D. ss  

Mentor: Michael Farrar,  Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Cytokine-dependent regulation of lymphocyte development
Current Position: Scientist 1, R&D Systems, Minneapolis, MN

Charlly Kao, Ph.D. ss          

Lori Schneider Rusch, Ph.D.  ss

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: In Vivo antigen presentation by dendritic cells
Current Position: Senior Clinical Trial Manager at Coloplast Corp, Minneapolis, MN

 

Training grant appointment year: 2002-2003 

Emily Baechler Gillespie, Ph.D.  ss 

Kristen Mueller, Ph.D. ss 

Mentor: Yoji Shimizu,  Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: T cell activation and ADAP function
Current Position: Scientific Program Director, Melanoma Research Alliance, Washington, DC

 

Training grant appointment year: 2001-2002  

Lisa Harmala, Ph.D.  ss 

Mentor: Kristin Hogquist,  Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Differential TCR signaling during T cell development
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

 

Training grant appointment year: 2000-2001  

Bart Endrizzi, M.D., Ph.D.    

Mentor: Stephen Jameson,  Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research Interest: Role of LKLF in T cell migration
Current Position:  Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota and Dermatologist at Associated Skin Care Specialists, Minneapolis, MN 

Richard Lee Reinhardt, Ph.D. ss

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: In Vivo generation of CD4 memory T cells during a primary immune response
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Research, National Jewish Health, Denver, CO

 

Training grant appointment year: 1999-2000   

Ben Ehst, M.D., Ph.D.    

Mentor: Marc Jenkins, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interest: Role of CD4+ T cells in graft rejection
Current Position: Dermatologist, HealthPartners Specialty Center, St. Paul, MN

Mark Daniels, Ph.D. ss             

Mentor: Daniel Mueller, Medicine
Research Interest: Clonal anergy In Vivo
Current Position: Director of Operations, Display Services, RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, Minneapolis, MN

 

Training grant appointment year: 1998-1999    

Jody Bonnevier, Ph.D.  ss  


Maureen McGargill, Ph.D.  ss            

Mentor: Kristin Hogquist, Laboratory, Medicin, and Pathology
Research Interest: Antigen-driven events during T cell development
Current Position: Associate Professor, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memphis, TN

 

Training grant appointment year: 1997-1998                         

Jason Fink, M.S. ss

Mentor: Stephen Jameson, Laboratory, Medicine, and Pathology
Research: Role of self-peptides in T cell survival
Current Position: Field Medical Scientist, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Minneapolis, MN

 

Training grant appointment year: 1996-1997   

Erika Nell Malvey-Dorn, M.D., Ph.D. ss

Mentor: Yoji Shimizu, Laboratory, Medicine and Pathology
Research: TCR regulation of integrin function
Current position: President, 4th & Aspen Life Sciences Consulting LLC, Minneapolis, MN