Picture of all Huttenlocher lab members on 2018


Picture of Anna HuttenlocherAnna Huttenlocher, MD

Principal Investigator

David Bennin, Lab ManagerDavid Bennin

Laboratory Manager


Picture of Julie RindyJulie Rindy, MSc

Zebrafish Facility Manager

Picture of Veronika MiskolciVeronika Miskolci, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

   Adam Horn, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Ashley Peterson

Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Neutrophils must integrate various signals in order to efficiently navigate through various physiological environments. I’m interested studying the migratory behavior of neutrophils in the inflammatory microenvironment and how they are able to integrate such complex signaling cues.

Picture of Taylor SchoenTaylor Schoen, MSc

Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program


Picture of Lucas KlemmLucas Klemm

Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program

Innate immune cells, such as neutrophils and macrophages, are important regulators of inflammation. Inflammatory stimuli like wounding and infection activate signaling pathways that orchestrate complex cellular responses. My research utilizes human induced-pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to model phosphatase signaling and patient mutations resulting in innate immune system defects. I am genetically engineering iPSCs to be better at fighting microbes and promoting wound healing for development of future cell-based therapies.



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Morgan Giese

Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Neutrophils can have both pro- and anti-tumor effects. I am interested in studying neutrophil interactions with other innate immune cells, such as macrophages, to determine if these relationships modulate their response in the tumor microenvironment.


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.

Benjamin Korte

Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Innate immune cells in the tumor microenvironment are correlated with poor prognosis.  Additionally, these cells have the capacity to promote tumor growth and survival, seemingly as a consequence of their role in wound healing.  I’m interested in the mechanism behind how innate immune cells arrive at a nascent tumor and how these immune cells influence tumor development.


Briana Rocha-Gregg, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Picture of Jayne Squirrel standing next to a microscopeJayne Squirrell, PhD

LOCI collaborator

With my optical imaging expertise in my home laboratory, the Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation (LOCI), I collaborate with members of the Huttenlocher lab to push forward the application of cutting edge imaging resources to the study of inflammation in the zebrafish embryo.  Although I am interested imaging a variety of aspects of the inflammatory response, with my background in embryology and regenerative biology, I am particularly enthusiastic about imaging collagen reorganization during wound healing and tissue re-growth.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Students

Landon Zimmerman – Spanish & Biology

Stella Ma – Biochemistry

Amelia Hansen – Microbiology and German

Madalene Halley – Genetics & Genomics

Former Lab Members

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

Keefe Chan, PhD, Scientist, Cancer Center, University of Melbourne, Australia

Kate Cooper, PhD, Associate Professor (tenure), Loras College, Iowa

Christa Cortesio, PhD, Scientist, Amgen, San Francisco, CA

Abbi Cox, PhD, Assistant Professor, SUNY-Geneseo (on leave)

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

Santos Franco, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, CO

Beth Harvie, PhD, Science editor, Research Square, Durham, NC

Penny Lam, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, Harvard University

Katie Mladinich, PhD/J.D., Attorney

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

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

Taylor Starnes, MD/PhD, resident, Illinois Eye and Ear

Will Simonson, MD/PhD, Pathology resident, University of Washington-Seattle

Kevin Walters, PhD, Scientist, Southern Research Institute, Alabama

Sarah Wernimont, MD/PhD, OB/Gyn resident, University of Iowa

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

Lindsy Boateng PhD, Instructor, University of Baltimore

Peter Cavnar, PhD, Associate Professor, University of West Florida

Qing Deng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Purdue University

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

Christina Freisinger, PhD, Scientist, Promega, Madison, WI

Jonathan Mathias, PhD, Science writer, Boston, MA

Tim Piazza, PhD, Scientist BioSentinel Pharmaceuticals, Madison WI

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

Sebastien Tauzin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Utah Valley University

Andrew Wiemer, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut

Danny LeBert, PhD, Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University, Virginia

William J.B. Vincent, PhD, Biology/Science Educator, Saint Johnsbury School, Vermont

Benjamin Knox, PhD, Scientist, Zymergen, California

Davalyn Powell, PhD, Science writer, Buck Institute, California

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

Emily Rosowski, PhD, Assistant Professor, Clemson University

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

Francisco Barros, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington

Netta Golenberg, PhD, Genomic Scientist, University of Pennsylvania

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

Russell Burke, PhD, 10X Genomics