Student Directory

Sarmi Basnet
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basnet@wisc.edu
James Gern Lab
Education:
Winona State Univ, Winona, MN
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research:
Studying virus-induced respiratory illnesses at the interface of virology, cell biology, genetics and immunology.
Lindsey Block
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lnblock2@wisc.edu
Ted Golos Lab
Education:
BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research:
I study how Zika Virus affects placental function and development using IVF and an animal model. I am then trying to find a biomarker for infection of the placenta by isolating placental exosomes and analyzing their cargo.
Bohan Chen
bchen282@wisc.edu

Education:
Northeastern University, Massachusetts
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Anil Kiran Chokkalla
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chokkalla@wisc.edu
Vemuganti Lab
Education:
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Research:
Our lab investigates the role of non-coding RNAs and epigenetic regulation in post-stroke pathophysiology. My work is centered around understanding the molecular mechanism of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), FosDT mediated epigenetic remodeling in post-stroke brain damage.
Stephan DaRodda
darodda@wisc.edu

Education:
UC Davis
Research:
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Caleb Dillingham
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cdillingham@wisc.edu
Sridharan lab
Education:
BS, Cellular Biology, 2013 University of Georgia
Research:
Our laboratory studies the epigenetic mechanisms regulating somatic stem cell reprogramming. I am particularly interested in the enzymatic activity of histone demethylases and the roles they play in reprogramming.
Ryan Donahue
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rjdonahue@wisc.edu
Rob Nickells Lab
Education:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Research:
“My project focuses on understanding temporal dynamics of retinal ganglion cell commitment to apoptosis in the optic nerve crush model.”
Phu Duong
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pduong2@wisc.edu
John Svaren Lab
Education:
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Research:
My research project focuses on the epigenetic regulation of Schwann cell’s regenerative capacity. More specifically, I study the role of JMJD3, a histone demethylase, that may be a major player in the rate-limiting-steps for demyelination, debris clearance, development of new axon tracks, and remyelination.
Kim Edwards
kedwards22@wisc.edu
David Gamm Lab
Education:
Indiana University
Research:
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Philip Emmerich
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pemmerich@wisc.edu
Dustin Deming Lab
Education:
BS, Biology; BS, Biochemistry, 2016 St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
Research:
My research focuses on resistance mechanisms to immunotherapies in GI cancers, specifically colorectal and pancreatic cancers. I am especially interested in the impact of the extracellular matrix proteoglycan versican and its proteolytic fragment versikine.
Evan Flietner
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eflietner@wisc.edu
Fotis Asimakopoulos Lab
Education:
UW Madison
Research:
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a hematological malignancy of mature plasma cells in the bone marrow. Successful MM treatment is dependent on CD8+ cytotoxic T cell responses against myeloma cells, but CD8 T cells from myeloma patients have been shown to be dysfunctional and unable to enact a proper immune response against the disease. My research focuses on restoring CD8 T cell function in the context of aggressive RAS-driven myeloma using combination immunotherapy.
Julia Gambardella
gambardella2@wisc.edu

Education:
Salve Regina University, RI
Research:
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Trey Gilpin
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tgilpin@wisc.edu
Zsuzsanna Fabry Lab
Education:
California State University – San Marcos, San Marcos, CA
Research:
I’m studying the migration of mycobacterium infected dendritic cells from the lung and adhesion molecules and chemokines that regulate dendritic cell migration across the blood brain barrier.
Cole Gilsdorf
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cgilsdorf@wisc.edu
Josh Lang Lab
Education:
BS, 2017 Biology, UW Madison
Research:
The Lang lab utilizes circulating tumor cells (CTCs) found in the peripheral blood as a liquid biopsy for cancer. My research revolves around identifying biomarkers found on CTCs that can be used to diagnose cancer type and stage, predict treatment response, or offer insight into the prognosis for a patient based on their specific biomarker profile.
Kirstan Gimse
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gimse@wisc.edu
Saha Lab
Education:
University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Kenosha, WI
Research:
Investigating signaling pathways involved with age associated cognitive decline.
Athena Golfinos
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agolfinos@wisc.edu
Shelby O’Connor Lab
Education:
BS, 2017 Biology, UW Madison
Research:
My current research involves investigating the viral dynamics and evolution of simian immunodeficiency virus using a barcoded SIV strain SIVmac239M. I am using this barcoded virus, as well as epitope variants, to understand how the course of SIV infection is modulated by treatment with an IL-15 superagonist.
Marienela Heredia
heredia3@wisc.edu

Education:
John Jay College of Criminal Justice NYC
Research:
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Margo Heston
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mheston@wisc.edu
Barbara Bendlin Lab
Education:
BS, 2015, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Research:
Stated interest(s): microbiota interactions across healthy and diseased specimens
Anna Hoefges
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hoefges@wisc.edu
Paul Sondel Lab
Education:
BS, Biology, University of Bonn, Germany
Master of Science in Molecular Medicine, Uppsala University, awarded in 2016
Research:
Our lab focuses on cancer immunotherapy in childhood cancers and melanoma. One of my projects focuses on investigating KIR and KIR-ligand interactions and how the KIR genotype can affect the outcome of the administered cancer immunotherapy.
Caity Holmes
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cherndon2@wisc.edu
Miriam Shelef Lab
Education:
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Research:
Understanding the role of citrullination in autoimmunity
Rebecca Hutcheson
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rhutcheson@wisc.edu
William Sugden lab
Education:
BS, 2015, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Mercer Universtiy, Macon, GA
Research:
Our lab studies Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) to understand its molecular contributions to certain cancers. My work involves identifying cellular mutations within EBV positive Burkitt Lymphoma cells that provide growth advantages to tumor cells.
John Kernien
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kernien@wisc.edu
Jeniel Nett Lab
Education:
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI
Research:
My current research involves investigating the host-pathogen interactions between neutrophils and Candida albicans biofilms.
Michelle Koenig
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mkoenig5@wisc.edu
Thaddeus Golos Lab
Education:
BS, 2013, Environmental Biology, Beloit College
Research:
Stated interest(s): HIV, cancer immunology and virology
Nicole Marie Lane
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nmlane@wisc.edu
Loren Denlinger Lab
Education:
Univ of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Research:
Our lab studies the development of the lung, using mouse models. My projects focus on the effects of neonatal exposure to hyperoxia (as used to treat premature infants) on lung development, function, and susceptibility to respiratory virus infection.
Andrew Lynch
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arlynch2@wisc.edu
Mark Burkard Lab
Education:
UW Eau Claire
Research:
Chromosomal instability (CIN), or gains and losses of chromosomes through missegregation, is a hallmark of human cancer and generates significant intratumoral genomic heterogeneity. However, the relevant rates of chromosome missegregation and the mechanisms by which cancer cells respond to these massive shifts in gene dosage are not well defined. My research focuses on answering these fundamental questions about the role of CIN in cancer progression using a combination of computational, cell biological, and single cell genomics approaches.
Eileen Lynch
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elynch6@wisc.edu
Masatoshi Suzuki Lab
Education:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Research:
In vitro disease modeling of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using patient-specific iPSCs, with a focus on muscle cell contributions to disease pathogenesis.
Morgan Mann
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mwmann@wisc.edu
Allan Brasier Lab
Education:
BS, University of Oklahoma
Research:
My graduate research in Dr. Allan Brasier’s Laboratory focuses on the role of Bromodomain-containing Protein 4 (BRD4) in the transcriptional activation of airway inflammation and the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) observed in Airway Remodeling. In the course of this research, I use a variety of methods – including Cell Culture Immunofluorescence and Mass Spectrometry – to probe for alterations in signaling pathways induced by BRD4 activation and to study the role of BRD4 Protein Interaction Partners.
Steven Mayerl
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mayerl@wisc.edu
David Gamm lab
Education:
BS, Biology, 2014 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Research:
Work in our lab focuses on using stem cell technology to explore the cellular and molecular events that occur during human retinal differentiation and development as well as the generation of cells for human retinal disease modeling.
Nellie McDaniel
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nblack2@wisc.edu
Deric Wheeler Lab
Education:
Northwestern College, Saint Paul, MN
Research:
My research focuses on the receptor tyrosine kinase AXL and its important role in head and neck cancer. We believe inhibition of AXL in patients could provide delayed tumor growth, reduced metastasis, and increased sensitivity to other therapeutics.
Aisha Maia Mergaert
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mergaert@wisc.edu
Miriam Shelef Lab
Education:
Knox College Galesburg, IL
Research:
In Dr. Shelef’s lab, I work on several projects to probe the mechanisms of systemic inflammation with a focus on citrullination.
Jeanette Metzger
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jmshultz@wisc.edu
Marina Emborg Lab
Education:
BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research:
currently examining the peripheral effects of Parkinson’s Disease and possible methods of neuroprotection using a 6-OHDA nonhuman primate model of dysautonomia
Gage Moreno
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gkmoreno@wisc.edu
David O’Connor Lab
Education:
BS, 2018, Genetics, UW Madison
Research:
Stated interest(s): Pathogenesis of infectious diseases
Nicole Muench
nmuench@wisc.edu

Education:
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
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Jenna Nagy
jnagy2@wisc.edu

Education:
Ohio State University
Research:
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Athanasios Papadas
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papadas@wisc.edu
Fotis Asimakopoulos Lab
Research:
Investigating dendritic cell (DC) based vaccines into a novel Ras driven myeloma model. Exploring therapeutic implications of DC vaccines in combination with different immunomodulatory agents.
Hemanth Potluri
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hpotluri@wisc.edu
Douglas McNeel Lab
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Research:
The McNeel lab focuses on prostate cancer immunotherapy. Specifically, my work focuses on studying the immunomodulatory effects of Targeted Radionuclide Therapy (TRT). My goal is to design rational combination therapy approaches with TRT, prostate-specific cancer vaccines, and checkpoint blockade.
Hassler Rengifo
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hrengifo@wisc.edu
Gopal Iyer Lab
Education:
BS, 2017, Biology, San Diego State University
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Trainee 2017-2018
Research:
Stated interest(s): pathobiology, biochemistry, immunology and regenerative medicine
Corelle Rokicki
crokicki@wisc.edu

Education:
University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Research:
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James Romero
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jcromero@wisc.edu
Shannon Kenney Lab
Education:
BS, University Of Houston
Research:
My current research in on whether or not Epstein-Barr Virus Latency genes, EBNA3A and EBNA3C are essential for lymphomagenesis in vivo. Utilizing the humanized mouse model, we know EBNA3A and EBNA3C are not essential for tumor development. We are characterizing these tumors and investigating the mechanism for how these tumors are formed. The final step will be to see if we can inhibit EBNA3A and EBNA3C function with drugs to prevent tumor growth or cause tumor cell death.
Anna Marie Rowell
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arowell2@wisc.edu
Ted Golos Lab
Education:
University of Oklahoma
Research:
Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) causes a mild infection in healthy adults but is associated with serious pregnancy complications, including miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth, neonatal sepsis and meningitis. However, the effect and mechanism of Lm pathogenesis during pregnancy at the maternal-fetal interface and impact on the host microbiome are not understood. Emerging studies have found connections between overall health and patient microbial diversity, which may link causation for susceptibility to disease and inflammation. To adapt this concept to a non-human primate model, current 16S bacterial rRNA sequencing techniques will be utilized to define the changes in microbial diversity in response to listeriosis in pregnancy.
Olivia Sayer
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osayer@wisc.edu
Shelby O’Connor Lab
Education:
BS, Biology, 2016, Colorado Mesa University
Research:
Our lab is interested in understanding the effects of N803, an IL-15 superagonist complex, on viremia and immune cell activation in SIV infection. Specifically, my research focuses on the role of vaccination in priming T cells to control SIV viremia after N803 treatment, and also the potential for N803 in combination with vaccination to elicit broadly neutralizing antibodies.
Nicholas Donald Van Sciver
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vansciver@wisc.edu
Shannon Kenney Lab
Education:
Worcester Poly Institute
Research:
EBV is associated with epithelial cell malignancies, but in-vitro EBV infection of epithelial cells is very inefficient. I investigate what innate immune pathways block EBV infection of epithelial cells with the goal of establishing novel EBV epithelial cell models.
Eli Wallace
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epwallace@wisc.edu
Mat Jones Lab
Education:
Luther College, Decorah, IA
Research:
My research interest is in uncovering the mechanism or mechanisms by which sleep deprivation affects neuronal excitability and signal processing, especially in contexts of the hippocampus and epilepsy.
Benjamin Wancewicz
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wancewicz@wisc.edu
Ying Ge Lab
Education:
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2014
Research:
Stated interest(s): metabolomics, genomics, proteomics
Bryce Wolfe
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kwolfe4@wisc.edu
Ted Golos Lab
Education:
Columbia College, Chicago IL
Research:
I study the cellular and molecular biology of the maternal-fetal interface, with a focus on host-pathogen interactions and immune responses to infection with Listeria monocytogenes during pregnancy.
Szu-Tsen Yeh
syeh8@wisc.edu

Education:
UC San Diego
Research:
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Katie Zarbock
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kzarbock@wisc.edu
Federico Rey Lab
Education:
St. Paul College – MN
Research:
My research centers on the intersections between diet, the gut microbiota, and microbial metabolites in the context of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). As certain risk factors for AD (e.g. obesity, insulin resistance) are causally impacted by the gut microbiota, and as there are significant differences between the diversity and taxa of the gut microbiota of individuals with AD as compared to cognitively normal age- and sex-matched controls, I strive to elucidate roles that specific microbial taxa, genes, or metabolites play in the pathogenesis, exacerbation, and amelioration of AD pathology.
Qijun Zhang
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qzhang333@wisc.edu
Federico Rey Lab
Education:
University of Science and Technology of China
Research:
My research focuses on integrating genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics by systems genetics approaches to understand complex traits and identify host genetic elements that control gut microbial functions and metabolism in genetically diverse mouse populations.