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Current Students and Alumni

Current Students, Institution and Advisor

  • Casey Ager, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Michael Curran, Ph.D.
  • Amir Alpert, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Scott Anthony, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Kimberly Schluns, Ph.D.
  • Todd Bartkowiak, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Michael Curran, Ph.D.
  • Neima Briggs, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Jagannadha Sastry, Ph.D.
  • Sherille Bradley, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Greg Lizee, Ph.D.
  • Amanda Cernosek, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Jeffrey Molldrem, M.D.
  • Stephanie Dorta-Estrema, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Wei Cao, Ph.D.
  • Jennifer Foltz, MD Anderson
  • Selena Hernandez, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Dean Lee, M.D., Ph.D
  • Marisa Hornbaker, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Patrick Zweidler-McKay, M.D.
  • Kyle Jackson, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Greg Lizee, Ph.D.
  • Ashvin Jaiswal, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Michael Curran, Ph.D.
  • Hiep Khong, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Willem Overwijk, Ph.D.
  • Simin Kiany, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Eugenie Kleinerman, M.D.
  • Young Uk Kim, UTHSC
    Advisor: Yeonseok Chung, Ph.D
  • Amber Mathews, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Shao-Cong Sun, Ph.D.
  • Rina M. Mbofung, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Patrick Hwu, M.D.
  • Brenda D. Melendez, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Greg Lizee, Ph.D.
  • Felix Nwajei, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Tomasz Zal, Ph.D.
  • Alex Perakis, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Gheath Al-Atrash, D.O., Ph.D.
  • Alexandria Plumer, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Scott Evans, M.D.
  • Krit Ritthipchai, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Laszlo Radvanyi, Ph.D.
  • David Rushworth, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Donald Sakellariou-Thompson, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Chantale Bernatchez., Ph.D.
  • Jolie Schafer, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Dean Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Radika Thokala, MD Anderson
    Advisor: Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.

Alumni, Degree (year), Position and Employer

Recent Graduates (2014 - 2009)

  • Janani Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. (2015), Scientist, Bluebird Bio, Boston, MA
  • Germaine D. Agollah, Ph.D. (2014)
  • Kalyan Nallaparaju, Ph.D. (2014), Scientist, Lion Biotechnologies, Woodland Hills, CA
  • Jessica Chacon, Ph.D. (2014), Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Denise Crossland, Ph.D. (2014), Teaching Position, San Antonio, TX
  • Wells Brown, Ph.D. (2014), Post-doctoral Fellow, Purdue University
  • Hillary Caruso, Ph.D. (2014), Research Intern, Pediatrics - Research, MD Anderson
  • Lenka Hurton, Ph.D. (2014), Research Investigator, Pediatrics - Research, MD Anderson
  • Drew Deniger, Ph.D. (2013), Post-doctoral Fellow, NIH
  • Yan Yang, Ph.D. (2013), Boston Consulting Group, China
  • Elizabeth Mittendorf, Ph.D., M.D. (2012), Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology, MD Anderson
  • Gustavo Martinez, Ph.D. (2011), Postdoctoral Fellow, La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
  • Spencer Stonier, Ph.D. (2011), Postdoctoral Fellow, United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases
  • Hoainam Nguyen-Jackson, Ph.D. (2011), High School Teacher, Austin Independent School District
  • Tania G. Rodriguez-Cruz, Ph.D. (2011), Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell and Gene Therapy Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jahan Khalili, Ph.D. (2011), Postdoctoral Fellow, Melanoma, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Thang Van Nguyen, Ph.D. (2011), Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Biology, California Institute of Technology
  • Josh Gegorio, Ph.D. (2010) Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology, Stanford University
  • Hyun Jun Park, Ph.D. (2010), Medical Student, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Tae Kon Kim, Ph.D.,M.D. (2010), Medical Resident, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Yufeng Li, Ph.D. (2010) Postdoctoral Fellow, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Dipyaman Ganguly, Ph.D. (2010), Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology & Immunology, Columbia University
  • Eliseo Castillo, Ph.D. (2010), Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of New Mexico
  • Pornpimon Angkasekwinai, Ph.D. (2009) Instructor; Phammaset University
  • Julie Robertson, Ph.D. (2009), Associate Research Scientist, Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
  • Cherie Roche, Ph.D. (2009), Medical Science Specialist, ApoCell, Inc.
  • Joanne Shaw, Ph.D. (2009) Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology; MD Anderson

Past Graduates (1987 - 2008)

  • Barbara-Anne Martin, M.S. (1987) Associate Scientist; Pfizer
  • Thomas Roesel, Ph.D. (1987) Director, Clinical Evaluation Program; Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Gene Yee, Ph.D. (1988) Director of Scientific Communications; Mapi Values
  • David Kaba, Ph.D. (1989) Physician, Otolaryngology
  • Ananc Lagoo, Ph.D. (1989) Associate Professor, Pathology; Duke University
  • Floyd Fox, Ph.D. (1990) Assistant Vice-president, Clinical Pharmacology; ImClone
  • Peter Seferian, Ph.D. (1991) Patent Liason; Lexicon Genetics, Inc.
  • Jorge Rivas, Ph.D. (1993) Medical Student; UT Medical Branch at Galveston
  • Peter Chen, Ph.D. (1994) Assistant Professor, Opthalmology; UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Tracy Kent Teague, Ph.D. (1995) Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
  • Taturo Udagawa, Ph.D. (1995) Senior Scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Eric Brown, Ph.D. (1996) Scientist, Immunology; Wyle Laboratories Bioastronautics Team
  • Julio Rodriguez-Villanueva, Ph.D. (1997) Therapeutic Unit Physician; GlaxoSmithKline
  • David Cooper, Ph.D. (1998) Principal Research Scientist; Wyeth
  • Darren Woodside, Ph.D. (1998) Assistant Director, Molecular Cardiology Research Laboratory, Texas Heart Institute
  • David Wooten, Ph.D. (1998) Patent Lawyer; Vinson & Elkins
  • Joan Breuer-Mcham, Ph.D. (1999) Data Collector, Developmental Pediatrics; UT Medical School
  • David Schmitt, Ph.D. (2000) Postdoctoral Assistant, Immunology; University of Cincinnati
  • Bruce Cuevas, Ph.D. (2000) Assistant Professor, Pharmacology; University of North Carolina
  • Barton Trawick, Ph.D. (2000) Staff Scientist; National Institutes of Health
  • Denise Caruso, Ph.D. (2001) Senior Research Office, Tumor Immunology Lab; Royal Children's Hospital
  • Yuko Miyamoto ,Ph.D. (2001) Associate Professor, Department of Biology; Elon University
  • Melissa Aldrich, Ph.D. (2003) Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Imaging; Institute for Molecular Medicine
  • Shilpa Ghurye, Ph.D. (2003) Biotechnology Specialist; Adler & Associates
  • John Langowski, Ph.D. (2003) Scientist, Oncology Pharmacology; Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
  • Esther Guzman, Ph.D. (2004) Postdoctoral Investigator; Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
  • Donna Badgwell, Ph.D. (2004) Postdoctoral Fellow; MD Anderson
  • Xiaoyan Wang, Ph.D. (2004) Resident Physician;  St. Barnabas Medical Center
  • Jack Bevers, M.S. (2004) Research Associate; Tanox, Inc.
  • Jennifer Sims, Ph.D. (2004) Director, Molecular Research and Discovery; RadioMedix, Inc.
  • Hui Gao, Ph.D. (2005) Postdoctoral Fellow; MD Anderson
  • Michael Leslie, Ph.D. (2005) Medical Student; UT Medical School
  • Dongyu Zhang, Ph.D. (2005) Postdoctoral Fellow, Nephrology; University of Florida
  • Shreya Kant, Ph.D. (2005) Research Associate; University of Southern California Cancer Center
  • Jason Mitchell, Ph.D. (2006) Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Mayo Clinic
  • Yao-Fu Chang, Ph.D. (2007) Postdoctoral Fellow; UTHSC Children's Cancer Research Institute
  • Jaafer Imam, Ph.D. (2007) Postdoctoral Fellow; UTHSC Children's Cancer Research Institute
  • Athanasia Panopoulos, Ph.D. (2007) Research Associate, Gene Expression Laboratory; Salk Institute for Biological Sciences
  • Omar Duramad, Ph.D. (2007) Scientist, Immunology; Regimmune, Inc.
  • Matthew Billard, Ph.D. (2008) Postdoctoral Fellow, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics; Duke University
  • Morgan McKeller, Ph.D. (2008) Postdoctoral Fellow, Hematology & Medical Oncology; UTHSC-San Antonio
  • Yen-Michael Hsu, Ph.D. (2008) Rotating Medical Student; MD Anderson
  • Xiaofang Wang, Ph.D. (2008) Postdoctoral Fellow; Yale University


Student Publications

Recent Publications by Immunology Program Students:

  • Kwon, S., Agollah G.D., Wu, G., Chan, W., Sevick-Muraca, E.M., “Spatio-temporal changes of lymphatic contractility and drainage patterns following lymphadenectomy in mice” (accepted July 2014; PLOS ONE)
  • Rushworth D, Jena B, Olivares S, Maiti S, Briggs N, et al. "Universal artificial antigen presenting cells to selectively propagate T cells expressing chimeric antigen receptor independent of specificity."  J Immunother. 2014 May;37(4):204-13. 
  • Briggs N*, Zhan B*, Beaumier CM*, Jones KM, Keegan BP, et al. "Advancing a multivalent 'Pan-anthelmintic' vaccine against soil-transmitted nematode infections." Expert Rev Vaccines. 2014 Mar;13(3):321-31. (*shared first author)
  • Singh S, Yang G, Schluns KS, Anthony SM, Sastry KJ. "Sublingual Vaccination Induces Mucosal and Systemic Adaptive Immunity for Protection against Lung Tumor Challenge." PLoS One. 2014 Mar 5;9(3):e90001
  • Ayithan N, Bradfute SB, Anthony SM, Bray M, Bavari S., and Ozato K.  "Ebola Virus-Like Particles Stimulate Type I Interferons and Proinflammatory Cytokine Expression through the Toll-like receptor and Interferon Signaling Pathways." Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research.  2014 Feb;34(2):79-89.
  • Hoyong Lim, Young Uk Kim, Kyoungah Yun, Scott M. Drouin and Yeonseok Chung.  Distinct regulation of Th2 and Th17 responses to allergens by pulmonary antigen presenting cells in vivo.  Immunol Lett. 2013 Nov-Dec;156(1-2):140-8
  • Schietinger A, Arina A, Liu RB, Wells S, Huang J, Engels B, Bindokas V, Bartkowiak T, Lee D, Herrmann A, et al. Longitudinal confocal microscopy imaging of solid tumor destruction following adoptive T cell transfer. OncoImmunology 2013; 2:e26677


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