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

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

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.

                                                Alessandro Preda

Research Intern

I am interested in uncovering the mechanisms involved in wound healing and leukocyte response to various damaging stimuli, with a particular focus on the innate immune system.

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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.

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.



Jonathan Schrope

Graduate Program

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.

Undergraduate Students

Luke Geppert

Marielena Trujillo – Biology

Ethan Kastenschmidt

Zoe Zwick – Genetics

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

Ben Korte, PhD, Fugen

Lucas Klemm, PhD, Elevate Bio

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

Ruth Housewright, PhD/DVM