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.
Ruth Choa, Rotation Student
Ruth is an M.D. Ph.D. student in the Immunology Graduate Group. She is interested in understanding the mechanism of Yersinia psuedotuberculosis. Her project focuses on the role of apoptosis in stimulating the host innate immune response, and mechanisms of bacterial evasion of this response.
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!
FORMER LAB MEMBERS
Naomi Philip (Current: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University, Medzhitov Lab)
Annelise Snyder (University of Washington immunology graduate student, NSF Awardee 2014)
Previous Rotation Students
Walter Mowel (Current: Henao-Mejia Lab, UPenn, F31 Fellowship Awardee 2016)
Jacob Paiano (Current: Rotation Student, Sunyer Lab, UPenn, NSF Awardee 2016)
Amber Riblett (Current: Doms Lab, UPenn)
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)