Drs. Julie Magarian Blander and Steven Lipkin are award recipients of the 2018 Daedalus Fund for Innovation. This award is given to advance early-stage reserach projects that have significant commercial potential for translation of their discoveries into new and more effective treatments for patients. To read more, click here. Donor gift establishes Friedman Center for Nutrition and Inflammation, an innovative cross-campus center dedicated to improving human health through research in the complex relationship between nutrition, inflammation and the development of disease. To read more, click here. The Jill Roberts Institute has been busy with two studies published this month! From the Iliev Lab, the study "Sensing of Fungi by Gut Immune Cells Can Contribute to Airway Allergic Diseases," was published online on November 29 in Cell Host and MicrobeTo read more, click here. From the Longman Lab, the study, "Microbiota-Induced TNF-like Ligand 1A Drives Group 3 Innate Lymphoid Cell-Mediated Barrier Protection and Intestinal T Cell Activation during Colitis," was published on December 11 in Immunity. To read more, click here.  The Kenneth Rainin Foundation awarded Dr. Iliyan Iliev and colleagues from Mount Sinai a $250,000 Synergy Award to examine the composition of the fungal community in babies born to mothers with inflammatory bowel disease. To read more, click here. Dr. Randy Longman received the Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award and the New York Crohn’s Foundation Award.    

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Trainees/Staff

Artis Lab

Jesper Moeller

Jesper Moeller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in Medicine
Odense, Denmark

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology

Naomi Yudanin

Naomi Yudanin

Postdoctoral Associate
Livingston, New Jersey

Research Interests: Systems immunology

Tanel Mahlakoiv

Tanel Mahlakoiv

Postdoctoral Associate
Tallinn, Estonia

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology

Mei-Yi Zheng

Mei-Yi Zheng

Laboratory Supervisor
New York, New York

Yen-Hua Chen

Yen-Hua Chen

Postdoctoral Associate
Taipei, Taiwan

Research Interests: Immunometabolism

Anne-Laure Flamar

Anne-Laure Flamar

Postdoctoral Associate
Lyon, France

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology and cancer

Christoph Klose

Christoph Klose

Freiburg, Germany

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology

Coco Chu (Keke Zhu)

Coco Chu (Keke Zhu)

Postdoctoral Associate
Beijing, China

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology and microbiota

Hiroki Kabata

Hiroki Kabata

Postdoctoral Associate
Tokyo, Japan

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology

Mai Hatazaki

Mai Hatazaki

Lab Technician
Sunnyside, New York

Nicholas Giovannone

Nicholas Giovannone

Postdoctoral Associate
Horsham, Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Mucosal immunology

Blander Lab

Gaetan Barbet

Gaetan Barbet

Instructor
Paris, France

Research Interests:

Innate immunity and Vaccinology

Julien Moretti

Julien Moretti

Postdoctoral Associate
Paris, France

Research Interests: Innate immunity, cell biology, biochemistry

Rivka Schwarcz

Rivka Schwarcz

Lab Manager
Brooklyn, New York

Baosen Jia

Baosen Jia

Postdoctoral Associate
Tianjin, China

Research Interests: Immunology, Cancer Biology

Yue Xing

Yue Xing

Postdoctoral Associate
Langfang, China

Research interests: Mucosal immunology and gut homeostasis

Alejandra Gutierrez-Guerrero

Alejandra Gutierrez-Guerrero

Postdoctoral Associate (Blander / Iliev Labs)
Granada, Spain

Research interests: Immunology, IBD, stem cell biology and Gene editing (CRISPR/Cas9)

Audrey Lasry-Sandler

Audrey Lasry-Sandler

Postdoctoral Associate
Tel Aviv, Israel

Research interests: mucosal immunology, gut homeostasis, IBD.

Ibrahim Omar

Ibrahim Omar

Postdoctoral Associate
Jerusalem, Israel

Research interests: Innate Immunity and Vaccinology

Iliev Lab

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

Itai Doron

Itai Doron

Graduate Student
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Fungal Immunology, Mucosal Immunology, and IBD

Alexa Semon

Alexa Semon

Lab Manager
Stewartsville, New Jersey

Iris Hanxing Gao

Iris Hanxing Gao

Graduate Student
Jiangsu, China

Research interests: Mucosal immunology, IBD, microbiota and mycobiota

William Fiers

William Fiers

Postdoctoral Associate
Waunakee, Wisconsin

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

Alejandra Gutierrez-Guerrero

Alejandra Gutierrez-Guerrero

Postdoctoral Associate (Blander / Iliev Labs)
Granada, Spain

Research interests: Immunology, IBD, stem cell biology and Gene editing (CRISPR/Cas9)

Lipkin Lab

Mavee Witherspoon

Mavee Witherspoon

Postdoctoral Associate
Brooklyn, New York

Research Interests:

Gastroenterology

Ozkan Gelincik

Ozkan Gelincik

Lab Supervisor
Antakya, Turkey

Longman Lab

Monica Viladomiu Pujol

Monica Viladomiu Pujol

Postdoctoral Associate
Barcelona, Spain

Research Interests:

Mucosal immunolgy and the microbiome

Maeva Metz

Maeva Metz

Graduate Student
Brookfield, Connecticut

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

Svetlana Ferreira Lima

Svetlana Ferreira Lima

Postdoctoral Associate
Goias, Brazil

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

Lasha Gogokhia

Lasha Gogokhia

Postdoctoral Associate
Jvari, Georgia

Research interests: The role of immune reactive microbiota in IBD pathogenesis; Intestinal virome in IBD patients and translational IBD research

Lance Chou

Lance Chou

Lab Manager
Danville, California

Sonnenberg Lab

Jeremy Goc

Jeremy Goc

Postdoctoral Associate
Paris, France

Research Interests:  Mucosal and tumor immunology

Nick Bessman

Nick Bessman

Postdoctoral Associate
Ames, Iowa

Research Interests:  Interaction of commensal bacteria and the immune system

John Benji Grigg

John Benji Grigg

Graduate Student
Seattle, Washington

Research Interests: Mucosal Immunology, Immunological Tolerance, Vaccinology

Lei Zhou

Lei Zhou

Postdoctoral Associate
Shanghai, China

Research Interests: Mucosal Immunology

Fei Teng

Fei Teng

Postdoctoral Associate
Beijing, China

Research interests: mucosal immunology and gut-lung axis

Ann Joseph

Ann Joseph

Postdoctoral Associate
Baltimore, Maryland

Research interests: T cells and mucosal immunology

Samah Mozumder

Samah Mozumder

Lab Manager
New York, New York

JRI Scientific Staff

Jasmin Williams

Jasmin Williams

Clinical Research Coordinator
Norwalk, Connecticut

Greg Putzel, PhD

Greg Putzel, PhD

Bioinformatician
Jericho, Vermont

Tushar Khanna

Tushar Khanna

Clinical Research Coordinator / Postdoctoral Associate
Chandigarh, India

Jorge Gandara

Jorge Gandara

Microbiome Research Service Manager
Floral Park, NY

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

Flow Cytometry Coordinator
Louisville, Kentucky

JRI Administrative Staff

Vera Vangler

Vera Vangler

Grant Portfolio Manager

Jennifer Conrad

Jennifer Conrad

Administrative Assistant
Denver, Colorado

Maria Violenus

Maria Violenus

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

Jen Cleaver

Jen Cleaver

Senior Administrative Specialist to Dr. David Artis
Setauket, New York

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