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Principal Investigator

Staff Scientist
Recent work focuses on human antibody responses to influenza vaccines.

Jenna 2019
Postdoc
Jenna studies the features of broadly-neutralizing antibodies against influenza viruses and how vaccines can induce them.

Postdoc
Matt is studying how influenza hemagglutinins are targeted by the human antibody response in order to better design future flu vaccines. In conjunction with computational input from the Cobey lab and by using high throughput antibody-antigen interaction analyses, he is trying to better characterize epitopes that are both immunogenic and protective. Matt previously completed a PhD at UC Berkeley but is happy to be home back in Chicago so that he can root for the Cubs in person again.

Lei 2019
Postdoc
Recent work focuses on developing novel computational algorithms for single cell multi-modal data processing and applying bioinformatics approaches to the study of B cell biology.

Haley 2019
PhD candidate
Haley is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Wilson lab. She is interested in how age and exposure history impact the generation of protective antibody responses to influenza viruses. To do so, she is characterizing monoclonal antibodies induced by natural influenza virus infection and seasonal vaccination in adult and pediatric cohorts.

PhD candidate
Chris is studying some of the mechanisms that underlie affinity maturation, specifically in regards to the targeting of activation-induced cytidine deaminase. By combining computational techniques and modeling with transgenic mice studies, we hope to infer the functional importance and impact of these targeting mechanisms during the humoral immune response against both acute and chronic infections.

Linda 2019
PhD candidate
Linda is a PhD candidate in the immunology program, and she is interested in characterizing human antigen-specific memory B cell responses to influenza vaccination with single cell RNA-seq, hoping to provide insights to inform universal influenza vaccine development.

Dustin 2019
MSTP graduate student
Dustin is studying the role of B-cells in the development of the intestinal pathologies associated with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Specifically, he uses the mAb generation technique to see if B-cells in PSC target any specific antigens.

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Olivia 2019
Research technician
Olivia is investigating human antibody responses to a chimeric hemagglutinin-based universal influenza virus vaccine candidate.

Henry 2019
Research technician
Henry is currently working on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded universal influenza vaccine project, the aim of which is to develop a novel vaccine that induces a broadly reactive protective response targeted at stable epitopes.

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Mia 2019
Undergraduate research assistant
Mia is a second-year biology major who is working on characterizing our collection of monoclonal antibodies through the use of techniques such as ELISA.

Alumni

Micah Tepora (research specialist, 2017–2019)
Current: Extraction Technologist, Tempus, Inc.
Anna-Karin Palm (postdoc, 2016–2019)
Current: Postdoctoral Researcher, Uppsala University
Tao Sun (research technician)
Lyubov Popova (postdoc)
Karla Rojas (senior research project specialist)
Irvin Ho (research technician, 2014–2017)
Yaoqing Chen (postdoc, 2014–2018)
Yunping Huang (research technician)
Karlynn Neu (graduate student, 2011–2017)
Thesis: The Development of Spec-seq and Its Application to Peripheral Blood Plasmablasts after Influenza Challenge
Denise Lau (graduate student, 2011–2016)
Current: Director of Computational Immunology and Senior Computational Biologist, Tempus, Inc.
Kaval Kaur (graduate student, 2010–2015)
Thesis: B cell responses to influenza in the context of autoimmunity
Current: Business Development and Translational Project Manager, Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR
Noel Pauli (graduate student, 2010–2015)
Thesis: The impact of Staphylococcus aureus infection on human B cells responses
Current: Scientist II, Adimab, LLC
Sarah Andrews (postdoc, 2010–2014)
Current: Staff Scientist, NIH
Kristi A. Koelsch (graduate student, 2004–2009)
Thesis: Insights into the Regulation of Human B Cell Tolerance by Analysis of the Immunoglobulin Repertoire
Current: Associate Professor of Research, Department of Endocrinology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Cluster
Qingzhao Zhang (graduate student, 2004–2009)
Thesis: Autoreactive Antibodies Can Persist in Allelically Included B Cells and Edited Cells are Selected at the Transitional Stage
Current: Resident physician, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Ken Smith (postdoc, 2006–2008)
Current: Research Associate Member, Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and Director of the OMRF Human Antibody Core Facility
J. Andrew Duty (Andy) (graduate student, 2003-2007)
Thesis:
Current: Assistant Research Professor, Department of Microbiology, Center for Therapeutic Antibody Development, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Last modified: November 8, 2019