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Yates, Melinda

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Pathobiology & Translational Science

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Cancer Biology, Cancer Genomics, Cancer Preclinical Models, Cancer Signaling & Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

Our translational research lab is focused on the earliest changes that occur in the uterus (endometrium) during cancer development related to obesity and hereditary DNA repair defects. We use preclinical tools (rodents, organoids, and cell lines) to probe mechanisms of endometrial cancer pathogenesis, in parallel with human tissue studies. Our overall goal is to understand how environmental factors, including obesity, hormones, and other exposures, influence endometrial cancer development and disparities so that we can use pharmacologic agents to prevent or reverse cancer development.

van Duin, David
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Microbiology & Immunology

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Antibiotics/Antivirals, Bacteriology, Disease, Pathogenesis & Infection, Translational Medicine

I am a clinical/translational researcher in Infectious Diseases. I am the Director of the Immunocompromised Host Program – which provides ID care to patients with transplants, malignancies, and burns. My primary research interests are antibacterial resistance in gram-negative bacilli, and infections in vulnerable patients. I am the PI for the Carbapenem Resistance Consortium for Klebsiella and other Enterobacteriaceae (CRACKLE) and PI for the Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) Network. I am also supported by NIAID to evaluate community origins of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales.

Smeekens, Johanna
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Toxicology

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Immunology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

Our research focuses on investigating factors that contribute to the development of food allergy, with an emphasis on how we can manipulate these factors towards preventative and therapeutic strategies. Specifically, we aim to understand the role of environmental exposures, particularly early in life, in non-oral sensitization to foods that lead to allergy. We are also especially interested in testing novel therapeutics for food allergy that can induce tolerance, after allergy is already established. We utilize a combination of human samples and mouse models to address these goals.

Alnaqshabandi, Hiba

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Drug Delivery, Nanomedicine, Translational Medicine

Jull, Ellie

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Drug Discovery, Pharmacology, Translational Medicine

“I am most interested in drug discovery research as it relates to any disease but particularly cancer. I would like to translate my research in vivo to better understand the physiological impact on the disease and how the drug can be improved to reach clinical trials. I have an interest in working towards a certificate in translational medicine too.”

Sahoo, Sneha

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Cancer Biology, Immunology, Translational Medicine

“During graduate school, I would like to work on a cancer biology problem that is heavily translational and multi-disciplinary in nature.

I am really interested in the tumor microenvironment (TME) and I would like to study tumor-promoting/suppressing mechanisms promoted due to cell crosstalk in the TME. Alternatively, I am also interested in studying different molecular mechanisms that result in cancer initiation and metastasis. Ultimately, I would like to utilize my research findings to develop potential therapeutic interventions.”

Sapienza-Lundie, Lauren

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Pathology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

“I’m interested in toxicology research as it relates to the type of particulates or pollutants in the environment and how these health-threatening chemicals affect and alter the biology of humans through their environments. I would be open to studying pathology of disease from these chemicals and ways to mitigate, prevent, or even treat these chemicals from causing disease in at-risk communities on the fence line of industries that impact the environment and subsequent public health.”

Muron, Savannah

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Genetics, Molecular Biology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in the development and study of gene therapies and gene-editing technologies. I am most interested in studying potential effects of gene therapy in genetic diseases such as CF or in their technological development. I am also interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms by which gene editing technologies work and how they can be utilized to further their development and use in creating models and treating disease.”

Weight, Abbie

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Pathogenesis & Infection, Translational Medicine, Virology

“I am interested in virus-host interactions, viral pathogenesis, and understanding how host immunity controls or contributes to pathogenesis. I am particularly interested in working with arboviruses.”

Armstrong, Emma

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Cancer Biology, Genomics, Translational Medicine

“I would like to study cancer biology in the translational setting. I am interested in cancer migration and metastasis as well as genomic instability and the tumor microenvironment. In my research I would like to incorporate computational methods as well.”