Our former trainees continue to advance science in many different ways. They have become scientific "citizens" and work to benefit others through continued post-graduate training, mentoring, teaching, and outreach programs. Moreover, many of our earlier trainees are now finding scientific, research-based positions in academia and in industry that apply their SPII training in different ways. Their accomplishments represent strong evidence of the success of our SPII training program.
Aaron Christensen-Quick (2012-2013)
Research Project: "Mechanisms of preferential HIV infection of Th17 cells"
Alison Scott (2012-2013)
Research Project: "Development of mass spectrometric–based methods to map lipids in the innate immune response to infection"
Erin Harberts (2013-2014)
Research Project: "Discovery of Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation-activated TLR4 signaling pathway resulting in apoptosis"
Ann Mary Joseph (2013-2014)
Research Project: "Convergence of innate signaling pathways in adaptive immunity"
Kelsey Gregg (2014-2015)
Research Project: "Generation of an avirulent lipid A biosynthetic mutant (∆lpxF) in Francisella that alters innate immune signaling to elicit a protective immune response; engineering and evaluation of novel TLR4 agonists for adjuvant potential in vitro and in vivo"
Justin Mancini (2014-2015)
Research Project: "Role of galectins in infections by enveloped RNA viruses in zebrafish"
Phillip Balzano (2015-2016)
Research Project: "Loss of the MFS Transporters fptG and fptB increases cytosolic retention of Francisella tularensis and modifies host innate cytokine responses"
Jeticia Sistrunk (2015-2016)
Research Project: "Investigating host-pathogen transcriptional responses in Enterotoxigenic E. coli infections"
Mark Guillotte (2016-2018)
Research Project: "Role of lipopolysaccharide in the innate immune response to Rickettsia spp."
Thiagaraian Venkataraman (2016-2017)
Research Project: "The Role of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor signaling in SARS pathogenesis"
Kurt Piepenbrink, PhD (2012-2013)
Research Project: "The Function of Type IV Pili in The Pathogenesis of Clostridium difficile"
Katharina Richard, PhD (2012-2014)
Research Project: "Role of macrophage activation by Francisella tularensis and TLR4 adjuvants in Ft infection and for novel Ft subunit vaccines"
Nuria Gonzalez-Montalban, PhD (2013-2014)
Research Project: "Role(s) of zebrafish galectins during IHNV infection"
Sarah Brennan-Laun, PhD (2014-2015)
Research Project: "Mechanisms of action of RNase-L"
Kristen Rennoll-Bankert, PhD (2014-2016)
Research Project: "Rickettsia typhi molecular interaction with the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis), with emphasis on early innate immune signaling"
Lindsey Brown, PhD (2015-2017)
Research Project: "Structural basis of innate immune signaling inhibition via disruption of Toll-IL-1R Resistance domain (TIR) adapter interactions"
Kirsten Kulscar, PhD (2017-2018)
Research Project: "Mechanisms of Middle East Respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)-induced respiratory disease"