Archives: Trainees

Medina, Christopher (Kodi Ravichandran)


In April, Chris Medina, from CIC faculty member, Kodi Ravichandran’s lab successfully defended his thesis “Intercellular metabolite communication via Pannexin 1 coordinates inflammation”. He focused on how pannexin 1 channels…

Upchurch, Clint (Leitinger)


I am interested in understanding how oxidized phospholipids, a product of lipid oxidation, dysregulate hepatocyte and hepatic stellate cell metabolism promoting development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Zengeler, Kristine (Lukens)


A heightened male susceptibility to developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been appreciated since the first diagnoses of the disorder; however, the etiologic factors that contribute to this remain unclear.…

Palmer, Allison (Criss)


My research focuses on the surface expressed Opa proteins of Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Opa proteins bind to human CEACAMs, and I am particularly interested in the interaction of Opas  binding to CEACAMs…

Cardenas, Amaris (Criss)


Gonorrhea, caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Gc), is characterized by the influx of neutrophils to sites of infection. Gc has many nonredundant mechanisms to manipulate neutrophil activation and resist…

Raymond, Michael (Ravichandran)


Everyday, billions of cells are cleared in order to maintain tissue homeostasis. When this system shifts out of balance, numerous pathologies arise due to uncleared corpses and aberrant inflammation.  In…

Lammert, Catherine (Lukens)


The Lukens lab investigates how immunological pathways contribute to neurodevelopmental, mental, and behavior disorders. Since joining the Lukens lab, I have become interested in investigating the contributions of hyperactive immune signaling…

Simpson, Morgan (Petri)


Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile) is the causative agent of Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI), and in recent decades, a hypervirulent strain of C. difficile has emerged. In addition to the primary clostridial toxins,…

Gu, Qinlei (Lorenz)


Regulatory T cells play a critical role in promoting tolerance in the immune system. Tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 has been reported as a negative regulator of TCR signaling. My research interest…

Perusina-Lanfranca, Mirna (Engelhard)


In several tumor types, an immune-supportive tumor microenvironment in addition to the presence of CD8 T cells, is associated with better clinical outcomes.  The factors that regulate CD8 T cells’…