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Current Trainees

Our trainees have done much to advance science. They are becoming or have become scientific "citizens" and work to benefit others through mentoring, teaching, and outreach programs. Moreover, our earlier trainees are now finding scientific, research-based positions in academia and in industry that use their SPII training in different ways.  Their accomplishments represent strong evidence of the success of our SPII training program.

Predoctoral Trainees

Abigail Corona (2018-present)
Research Project: "Enterovirus D68 manipulates autophagic SNARE proteins to enhance viral replication"

Sarah Doran (2018-present)
Research Project: "Innate immune mechanisms of secondary bacterial infectino after traumatic brain injury"

Erik Klontz (2017-present)
Research Project: "Analysis of the structure and function of bacterial enzymes that modify Fcγ receptors to manipulate the innate immune system"

Hanover Matz (2018-present)
Research Project: "Evolution of innate cytokines and their adaptation for humoral immune responses"

Postdoctoral Trainees

Dominique Bollino, PhD (2016-present)
Research Project: "Cellular bioenergetics regulate CD1d-mediated NKT cell activation"

Mark Guillotte, PhD (2018-present)
Research Project: "Rickettsial conquest of host cell signaling; molecular interactions at the host-pathogen interface"

Erin Harberts, PhD (2018-present)
Research Project: "Investigating structure-activity relationships of bacterial lipids that signal through the TLR4 pathway"

Cassandra Nelson, PhD (2018-present)
Research Project: "Biochemical and genetic basis of metalloregulation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in response to the host innate immune molecules calprotectin (S100A8/A9) and S100A12"