Lab Summer 2022


Picture of Anna HuttenlocherAnna Huttenlocher, MD

Principal Investigator

David Bennin, Lab ManagerDavid Bennin

Laboratory Manager

Picture of Julie RindyJulie Rindy, MSc

Zebrafish Facility Manager

Frances Smith

Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

I am interested in the potential of stem cells for use in bacterial and fungal infections. We can now derive nearly all immune cells from stem cell lines and modify them to improve host response to all kinds of infection. I will explore how we can continue to improve these stem cells to optimize human immune function.

   Adam Horn, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Zhili Chen


Andrew Wagner, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Simone Shen

Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program

I am interested in host pathogen interaction and how this interaction affects wound repair in the host. My research focuses on the complex networks involved in wound healing in the context of bacterial infection. Specifically, I’m studying the crosstalk between inflammation and tissue regeneration using zebrafish and Listeria monocytogenes as my model.

 Jonathan Schrope

MD/PhD Graduate Program

I am interested in understanding how leukocytes recognize their surrounding physical environment and integrate external mechanical signals to regulate cell migration strategies.

Mallorie Mitchem

Alex Fister

Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

I am studying immune cell recruitment to wound sites during the activation of innate immunity. I am interested in how pathogen-host interactions affect this response, as well as key players involved in the activation of the innate immune response.

Yiran Hou, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

I’m interested in identifying key factors driving successful regeneration, with the hope to improve human wound healing and regeneration. At the Huttenlocher lab, I’m exploring the role of the innate immune system in supporting regeneration. My current work focuses on molecularly defining the event of neutrophil reverse migration using single cell sequencing approach, aiming to identify molecular signatures that could distinguish neutrophils that are involved in this process from the ones that are not.

Gayathri Ramakrishnan, MS

Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Neutrophils can have differential states of activation/differentiation in the tumor and they can be pro or anti-tumorigenic depending on the microenvironment. I am specifically interested in studying how neutrophils influence the growth and survival of transformed hepatocytes and the response of other immune cells in the liver using zebrafish models of Hepatocellular carcinoma.

Tanner Robertson, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

I study adaptive immunity using the zebrafish, with a particular focus on T cell trafficking and motility.

Nayanna Mercado-Soto

Microbiology Doctoral Training Program

I am interested in understanding host-pathogen interactions during Aspergillus fumigatus infection. Particularly, I am curious about understanding interactions between strains of A. fumigatus in the host; and macrophage polarization during infection.



Undergraduate Students

Arianna Warner-Villarreal

Emilie Rochon

Shreya Vatted

John Stuntebeck

Genevieve Dockry

Maja Doty

Former Lab Members

Amit Bhatt, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncology Consultants of West County, St Louis, MO

Keefe Chan, PhD, Scientist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, University of Melbourne

Kate Cooper, PhD, Professor, Loras College, Iowa

Christa Cortesio, PhD, Director of Cell Biology, Kite Pharma

Abbi Cox Paulson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology, Elmira College

Ashley Doan, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Bryant and Stratton College, Milwaukee

Santos Franco, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Colorado

Beth Harvie, PhD, Science writer, MedThink

Penny Lam, PhD, Assistant Professor (tenure track) Medical College of Wisconsin

Katie Mladinich, PhD/J.D., Associate at Latham and Watkins (patent law)

Paul Nuzzi, PhD, Patent officer, Choate Hall and Stewart LLP

Ben Perrin, PhD, Associate Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Ernie Dodd, PhD Lab, manager, Zeeh Pharmaceutical Experiment Station, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Taylor Starnes, MD/PhD, Assistant Professor, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine

Will Simonson, MD/PhD, Pathologist, Western Washington Pathology

Kevin Walters, PhD, Associate Project Manager, Southern Research Institute

Sarah Wernimont, MD/PhD, Assistant Professor, OB/Gyn, University of Minnesota

Sa kan Yoo, PhD, Associate Chief Scientist RIKEN, Kobe, Japan

Lindsy Boateng PhD, Assistant Professor (tenure track), Newberry College

Peter Cavnar, PhD, Associate Professor(tenure), University of West Florida

Qing Deng, PhD, Professor, Purdue University

Laura Dziadzio, MD, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Christina Freisinger, PhD, Technical Services Scientist, Promega

Jonathan Mathias, PhD, Associate Director, Global Scientific Communications at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Tim Piazza, PhD, Director of Cell Biology, BioSentinel Pharmaceuticals

Miriam Shelef, MD/PhD, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ben Korte, PhD, Bioengineer, Fugent

Lucas Klemm, PhD, Elevate Bio

Briana Rocha Gregg, Science administration, Alzheimer’s research group, UW Madison

Morgan Giese, PhD, Senior Scientist at PPD with Gene Therapy team

Sebastien Tauzin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University

Andrew Wiemer, PhD, Professor, University of Connecticut

Danny LeBert, PhD, Assistant Professor, Northern Michigan University

William J.B. Vincent, PhD,  Microscopy Sale Representative, Olympus

Benjamin Knox, PhD, Associate Director, Fungal Technology, Terra Bioforge

Davalyn Powell, PhD, Biomedical Science writer and editor

James Muse Davis, MD/PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Emily Rosowski, PhD, Assistant Professor (tenure track), Clemson University

Sofia DeOliveira, PhD, Assistant professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Francisco Barros, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington

Netta Golenberg, PhD, Clinical Genomic Scientist, Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

Laurel Hind, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Russell Burke, PhD, Research imaging specialist, Olympus

Ruth Housewright, PhD/DVM, Veterinary Pathologist

Veronika Miskolci, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Ashley Peterson