Current Lab Members

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. Current 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. 

Meghan Wynosky-Dolfi, Ph.D. 

Meghan is a postdoctoral fellow 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, and the subsequent consequences for host innate and adaptive inflammatory responses. 


Erin Zwack, Ph.D.

Erin recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her thesis work explored mechanisms of inflammasome evasion by the pathogenic gram negative bacterium Yersinia. She plans to continue this line of investigation as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Victor Torres in the department of Microbiology at NYU, starting in November 2016.  

Elisabet Bjanes, Graduate Student

Elisabet is a third 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. 


Lance Peterson, Graduate Student

Lance is an M.D. Ph.D. student and will be completing his Ph.D. in the fall of 2016 and his M.D. in the spring of 2018. He is interested in the immunological role of apoptosis in response to Yersinia pseudotuberculosis. He plans to investigate host-pathogen interactions in his thesis research, and focus on rheumatology for his clinical work.


Alex DeLaney, Graduate Student

Alex is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program. She is interested in the cross section between gene regulation and cell death, and proteins that are common to both pathways. 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.  


Baofeng Hu, Lab Technician

Baofeng uses her love of science to help the lab run smoothly. She handles all lab logistics and ordering, while assisting in all of our experiments. The lab wouldn't be able to run without her!


Graduate Students

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

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

        Lance Peterson (Current: Pediatrics Residency, Washington University)


Annelise Snyder (University of Washington immunology graduate student, NSF Awardee 2014)

Previous Rotation Students

Ruth Choa (Current: Taku Kamabayashi Lab, IGG, UPenn)

Andrew Hart (Current: Terri Laufer Lab, IGG, UPenn)

Trini Ochoa (Current: Jorge Alvarez Lab, IGG, UPenn)

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

Walter Mowel (Current: Henao-Mejia Lab, UPenn, F31 Fellowship Awardee 2016) 
Jacob Paiano (Current: Andre Nussenzweig Lab, NIH, NSF Awardee 2016) 
Rakesh Jambusaria
Amber Riblett (Current: Doms Lab, UPenn)

Summer Students

Kendra Asklof (NIH Merck/Merial Summer Scholar; Current: 2nd year Penn Vet Student)
Lindsey Theodore (SUIP Program; Current: Harvard BBS Ph.D. student, F31 Fellowship Awardee)
Dorothy Tovar (SUIP Program; Current: Stanford University Microbiology&Immunology Ph.D. student, NSF Awardee)


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

 4/13/2016 - Brodsky Lab (2011-2016) Naomi's Thesis Defense Party

4/13/2016 - Brodsky Lab (2011-2016) Naomi's Thesis Defense Party