Current Lab Members

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Igor Brodsky, Ph.D. 

Igor Brodsky got his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Princeton University where he performed his senior thesis on pseudorabies virus in the lab of Lynn Enquist. He undertook his PhD studies on Salmonella pathogenesis at Stanford University under the mentorship of Stanley Falkow, and completed post-doctoral training at Yale in the lab of Ruslan Medzhitov where he explored the host innate immune response to bacterial pathogens. Research in the Brodsky lab merges these areas of interest to understand innate sensing of pathogens as well as pathogen evasion strategies in order to develop therapeutic strategies that can specifically target pathogens. 

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Elisabet Bjanes

Elisabet is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program. Her dissertation focuses on the role of terminal cell death effector proteins in response to bacterial pathogens. She is concurrently earning her Public Health Certificate and plans to incorporate her microbiology and public health training in her future research. 

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Neha Nataraj

Neha received her BA in Biology at Columbia University in 2017, and she is currently a second year Ph.D. candidate in the Immunology program. She is interested in the signaling pathways that regulate cell death and proinflammatory signaling, particularly in human innate immune cells.

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Daniel Grubaugh, Ph.D.

Daniel is a postdoctoral fellow in the Brodsky Lab. He performed his Ph.D. work in Darren Higgins’ lab at Harvard Medical School. He is now pretending to be an immunologist and working on non-canonical inflammasome activation in response to bacterial infection.

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Baofeng Hu, M.D.

Baofeng received her MD degree from Tianjin Second Medical School in China. As a research specialist, she ensures that the day-to-day operations of the lab runs smoothly. She manages the logistics and activities of the lab to create a safe and high-quality environment for scientific discovery.

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Meghan Wynosky-Dolfi, Ph.D.

Meghan is a Senior Research Investigator in the Brodsky Lab. Meghan obtained her Ph.D. at Drexel University under the mentorship of Richard Rest. Her work focuses on the mechanism of inflammasome activation in response to gram negative bacteria, the role of RIPK1 in control of Yersinia infection the regulation of host innate immune defense during bacterial infection.

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Alex DeLaney

Alex is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program. She is interested in the regulation of inflammatory gene expression and metabolic control of inflammation. She is also earning her certificate in public health, and plans to use her training to develop evidence based health policies at the federal level.                            

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Daniel Sorobetea, Ph.D.

Daniel obtained his doctorate at Lund University in Sweden, under the mentorship of Marcus Svensson-Frej. His work centers on the interaction between Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and the intestinal immune system, with a particular emphasis on the role of cell death in response to infection, which is conducted under the auspice of the Swedish Society for Medical Research.

+ FORMER LAB MEMBERS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Naomi Philip (Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, Ruslan Medzhitov Lab)

Erin Erin Zwack (Postdoctoral Fellowship, NYU, Victor Torres Lab)

Lance Lance Peterson (Pediatrics Residency, Washington University)

LAB TECHNICIANS

Annelise Annelise Snyder (Graduate Student, Washington University)

PREVIOUS ROTATION STUDENTS

Ruth Choa (Taku Kamabayashi Lab, IGG, UPenn)

Andrew Hart (Terri Laufer Lab, IGG, UPenn)

Trini Ochoa (Jorge Alvarez Lab, IGG, UPenn)

Rina Matsuda (Rotation student, Abt Lab, MVP UPenn)

Walter Mowel (Henao-Mejia Lab, UPenn, F31 Fellowship Awardee 2016)

Jacob Paiano (Andre Nussenzweig Lab, NIH, NSF Awardee 2016)

Rakesh Jambusaria

Amber Riblett (Doms Lab, UPenn)

SUMMER STUDENTS

Eric Rodriguez-Lopez (SUIP Program; University of Puerto Rico, Ponce)

Kendra Asklof (NIH Merck/Merial Summer Scholar; Penn Vet Student)

Lindsey Theodore (SUIP Program; Harvard BBS Ph.D. student, F31 Fellowship Awardee)

Dorothy Tovar (SUIP Program; Stanford University Microbiology&Immunology Ph.D. student, NSF Awardee)

UNDERGRADUATES

Marta Andres-Terre (Stanford University Microbiology&Immunology Ph.D. student, Boeringer-Ingelheim Fonds Fellowship Awardee)