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Dr. Chun-Jun Guo Receives NIH New Innovator Award. To read more, click here. The latest JRI studies: Ulcerative colitis patients treated with gut microbes from healthy donors have better outcomes according to a study published April 15 in Cell Host & Microbe. To read more, click here. According to a study published March 10 in Immunity, a class of immune cells, called type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s), push themselves into an inflammatory state by producing large quantities of a serotonin-making enzyme. The ILC2s are much impaired without the enzyme. The finding suggests possibilities for new treatments targeting ILC2s. To read more, click here. Published April 10 in Science, a study reveals hepcidin, an iron-regulating molecule, is produced by the immune system and restricts gut bacteria growth after an intestinal injury, helping to heal. The study could have important implications for treating gastrointestinal diseases that damage the lining of the intestines. To read more, click here.

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Trainees/Staff

Artis Lab

Mohammad Arifuzzaman

Mohammad Arifuzzaman

Postdoctoral Associate
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Research interest: Neuro-immune interactions

Coco Chu (Keke Zhu)

Coco Chu (Keke Zhu)

Postdoctoral Associate
Beijing, China

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology and microbiota

Sreehaas Digumarthi

Sreehaas Digumarthi

Research Technician
Belmont, Massachusetts

Anne-Laure Flamar

Anne-Laure Flamar

Postdoctoral Associate
Lyon, France

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology and cancer

Mai Hatazaki

Mai Hatazaki

Lab Technician
Sunnyside, New York

Chris Parkhurst

Chris Parkhurst

Postdoctoral Fellow
New York, NY

Research interest: Neuro-immune interactions

Qianru Wei

Qianru Wei

Postdoctoral Associate
Tianjin, China

Research interests: Immunology and Neuro-immunology

Hiroshi Yano

Hiroshi Yano

Postdoctoral Associate
Ehime, Japan / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Research interests: neuronal regulation of the adaptive immune system in the pathologic contexts, such as infection, at mucosal barrier surfaces

Wen Zhang

Wen Zhang

Postdoctoral Associate
Sichuan, China

Research interest: Neuro-immune interactions

Connie Zhong

Connie Zhong

Lab Technician
Brooklyn, New York

Blander Lab

Gaetan Barbet

Gaetan Barbet

Instructor
Paris, France

Research Interests:

Innate immunity and Vaccinology

Zachary Hutchins

Zachary Hutchins

Research Technician
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Baosen Jia

Baosen Jia

Postdoctoral Associate
Tianjin, China

Research Interests: Immunology, Cancer Biology

Ian Mantel

Ian Mantel

Graduate Student
Aylmer, Ontario, Canada

Research interests: cross-presentation, dendritic cells, and autoimmunity

Julien Moretti

Julien Moretti

Postdoctoral Associate
Paris, France

Research Interests: Innate immunity, cell biology, biochemistry

Barzan A. Sadiq

Barzan A. Sadiq

Postdoctoral Associate
London and Cambridge, UK

Research interests; The role of signalling molecules and pathways in immunopathology and oncology

Meimei Shan

Meimei Shan

Senior Research Associate
Harbin, China

Research interests: Mucosal Immunology and IBD

Guo Lab

Yingjia Chen

Yingjia Chen

Postdoctoral Associate
Ningbo, China / Athens, GA

Research interests: Host-microbiota interactions

Wenbing Jin

Wenbing Jin

Postdoctoral Associate
Chongqing, China

Research interests: interactions between host and gut microbiota, new genetic tools, small molecule metabolism and IBD

Tingting Li

Tingting Li

Postdoctoral Associate
Sichuan, China

Research interests: gut microbiota, host metabolism, and engineering gut microbiota to sense and treat diseases

Iliev Lab

Meghan Bialt DeCelie

Meghan Bialt DeCelie

Lab Manager
Hewlett, New York

Itai Doron

Itai Doron

Graduate Student
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Fungal Immunology, Mucosal Immunology, and IBD

William Fiers

William Fiers

Postdoctoral Associate
Waunakee, Wisconsin

Research interests: Molecular dialogue between host immunity, fungi and bacteria of the gut

Iris Hanxing Gao

Iris Hanxing Gao

Graduate Student
Jiangsu, China

Research interests: Mucosal immunology, IBD, microbiota and mycobiota

Takato Kusakabe

Takato Kusakabe

Postdoctoral Associate
Tokyo, Japan

Research interests: Mycobiota, mucosal immunology and vaccinology

Irina Leonardi

Irina Leonardi

Postdoctoral Associate
Lumino, Switzerland

Research Interests:

Fungal immunology, mucosal immunology, and IBD

Xin Li

Xin Li

Postdoctoral Associate
Suzhou, China

Research interests: fungal immunology, IBD, mucosal immunology, allergy

Woan-Yu Lin

Woan-Yu Lin

Graduate Student
Hualien, Taiwan

Mucosal immunology, IBD, Gut-brain axis

Marissa Mesko

Marissa Mesko

Research Associate in Translational Studies
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Lipkin Lab

Ozkan Gelincik

Ozkan Gelincik

Lab Supervisor
Antakya, Turkey

Hamza Ibrahim

Hamza Ibrahim

Postdoctoral Associate
Karachi, Pakistan

Research interests: Cancer Immunology and genetics

Chao Wang

Chao Wang

Postdoctoral Associate
Hebi, China

Research interests: Cancer immunology

Mavee Witherspoon

Mavee Witherspoon

Postdoctoral Associate
Brooklyn, New York

Research Interests:

Gastroenterology

Longman Lab

Lance Chou

Lance Chou

Lab Manager
Danville, California

Lucia Duenas-Bianchi

Lucia Duenas-Bianchi

Lab Clinical Coordinator
Arequipa, Peru / Glastonbury, Connecticut

Svetlana Ferreira Lima

Svetlana Ferreira Lima

Postdoctoral Associate
Goias, Brazil

Research interests: Host-microbiota interaction, Host-microbiome interaction, Mucosal immunology

Gabriela Funez-dePagnier

Gabriela Funez-dePagnier

Lab Clinical Coordinator
Trenton, NJ

Maeva Metz

Maeva Metz

Graduate Student
Brookfield, Connecticut

Research Interests:  Mucosal Immunology, Microbiome, Host-Microbe Interactions, Autoimmunity, Cancer

Silvia Pires

Silvia Pires

Postdoctoral Associate
Guimarães, Portugal

Research interests: Mucosal immunology, microbiome and immunometabolism

Monica Viladomiu Pujol

Monica Viladomiu Pujol

Postdoctoral Associate
Barcelona, Spain

Research Interests:

Mucosal immunolgy and the microbiome

Monticelli Lab

Yen-Hua Chen

Yen-Hua Chen

Postdoctoral Associate
Taipei, Taiwan

Research interests: Immunometabolism

Sarah Sadik

Sarah Sadik

Research Technician
Queens, NY

Sonnenberg Lab

Anees Ahmed

Anees Ahmed

Postdoctoral Associate
Darbhanga, Bihar, India

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology, gut-brain axis and vaccinology

Nick Bessman

Nick Bessman

Postdoctoral Associate
Ames, Iowa

Research Interests:  Interaction of commensal bacteria and the immune system

Brooke Fiedler

Brooke Fiedler

Graduate Student
Hartsdale, NY

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology and the gut microbiota

Jeremy Goc

Jeremy Goc

Postdoctoral Associate
Paris, France

Research Interests:  Mucosal and tumor immunology

John Benji Grigg

John Benji Grigg

Graduate Student
Seattle, Washington

Research Interests: Mucosal Immunology, Immunological Tolerance, Vaccinology

Ann Joseph

Ann Joseph

Postdoctoral Associate
Baltimore, Maryland

Research interests: T cells and mucosal immunology

Mengze Lyu

Mengze Lyu

Postdoctoral Associate
Ningbo, China

Research Interests: Mucosal and Tumor Immunology

Samah Mozumder

Samah Mozumder

Lab Manager
New York, New York

Fei Teng

Fei Teng

Postdoctoral Associate
Beijing, China

Research interests: Mucosal Immunology and gut-lung axis

Lei Zhou

Lei Zhou

Postdoctoral Associate
Shanghai, China

Research Interests: Mucosal Immunology

Wenqing Zhou

Wenqing Zhou

Postdoctoral Associate
Hunan, China

Research Interests: Mucosal Immunology

JRI Scientific Staff

Peik Sean Chong

Peik Sean Chong

Clinical Research Specialist
Kedah, Malaysia

Jorge Gandara

Jorge Gandara

Microbiome Research Service Manager
Floral Park, NY

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

Flow Cytometry Coordinator
Louisville, Kentucky

Greg Putzel, PhD

Greg Putzel, PhD

Bioinformatician
Jericho, Vermont

JRI Administrative Staff

Jennifer Conrad

Jennifer Conrad

Administrative Assistant
Denver, Colorado

Vera Vangler

Vera Vangler

Grant Portfolio Manager

Maria Violenus

Maria Violenus

Senior Administrative Specialist to Professor J. Magarian Blander
Brooklyn, NY

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