Frances E. Lund
Charles H. McCauley Professor, Department of Microbiology
Founding Director, Immunology Institute
Hometown: Chicago, IL
University/Degree: Univ. Notre Dame, BS Microbiology, Duke University, PhD
Troy D. Randall
Meyer Foundation, William J. Koopman Endowed Chair in Immunology
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
Hometown: Columbia, MO
University/Degree: University of Denver, BS, Duke University, PhD
University/Degrees: Biologist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) BS, Immunologist from the National Polytechnic Institute Mexico (ENCB-IPN) PhD.
Research Interest: Characterization of the influence of microbiota in the metabolism of the immune responses developed in the adipose tissue in the context of cancer and inflammation
Hobbies: Hiking, Baking
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
University: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), BS, National Polytechique Institute (ENCB-IPN), PhD
Research Interest: My main interest is to understand the development of mucosal immune system development and how alterations during early neonatal period affect the response to further microbial challenges.
Hometown: Lariano (Rome), Italy
University: Benedictine College, BS, University of Arizona, PhD
Research Interest: My research is disease-focused and at the cutting edge of early drug discovery. I investigate the metabolism of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD), the bioactive form of the vitamin niacin, and the roles that NAD-utilizing enzymes and NAD-derived molecules play in modulating cellular life/death decisions, inflammatory responses and tumor growth. My research interests also include investigating innate and adaptive immune responses to lung disease and infection using pre-clinical animal models of influenza, pulmonary fibrosis, ARDS and COVID-19.
University/Degrees: University of Granada, BS, University of Granada, PhD
Research Interest: My research interest in Dr. Lund’s Lab lies in the study of Human B Cells and B lineage Plasma Cells (PC), and include: 1) Understand how pro-inflammatory signals play a role in the commitment of B cells to the PC fate. 2) Identify new drugs to treat autoimmune diseases like SLE and RA, and determine whether those patients who have high levels of DN2 B cells in blood respond better to these drugs. 3) Describe new methods to grow, expand and maintain PC in vitro.
Hobbies: Sleeping, Mysteries TV Shows and Books, Zumba
University/Degrees: MD (Biochemistry) from Siberian State Medical University, Tomsk, Russia; MS in Molecular Biology from North East Wales Institute, Wrexham, Wales; PhD in Virology State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology “Vector”, Koltsovo, Russia
Research Interest: My research is aimed broadly at developing complex biologicals, such as genetically modified viruses and mammalian cells to apply as therapeutics in different pathologies or as research tools. My research interest in Dr. Randall/Lund’s Lab lies in the characterization of SARS-COv2 specific B memory cells in different tissues. This includes analysis of antigen-specific B cell repertoire and exploits methodologies of the high-throughput expression of recombinant antibody derived from the antigen receptor genes of single-sorted B cells.
Hobbies: Hiking, tennis, gardening, travel
Michael D. Schultz
University/Degrees: University of Wisconsin Superior, BSc, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Ph.D.
Research Interest: My first interest is in studying NAD metabolism in the context of cancers like Multiple Myeloma and autoimmune disorders like Lupus. I focus on the enzymes CD38, which is a multifunctional protein that catabolizes NAD into NAM, and NAMPT which is the rate-limiting enzyme in the NAD salvage pathway. My second interest is testing novel vaccine designs for SARS and flu viruses and the effects of intranasal vaccine administration on the transmission rates of respiratory ailments.
Hobbies: I’m a digital artist, a writer, a pumpkin carver, and I ruin animal models fun.
University/Degrees: A.A.S.-MT- NCCC & SUNY-Potsdam
Research Interest: Human Immunology
Hobbies: gardening, going to concerts and music festivals, exploring flea markets and antique malls.
Thomas ‘Scott’ Simpler
University/Degrees: B.S. Marine Biology – University of South Alabama
Research Interests: Animal Colony Management and Lab Supplies Procurement
Hobbies: Scuba Diving, Golf, and Fishing
University/Degree: Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University, China. MS, MD
Research Interest: Human cell culture, mouse cell culture, compound screening, enzyme activity assays, phenotypic and functional assays, Elisa, cellular and molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry, human tissue processing, in vitro cytotoxicity assays, in vivo animal models of disease.
University/Degrees: School of Medicine, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China / MD
Research Interest: Translational medical research
University/Degree: Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, MS, MD
Research Interest: Molecular biology, Virology, ipsc, Protein expression and purification, Tetramer, imaging, Histochemistry.
University/Degrees: Ph.D. (Gifu University, Japan)
Research Interest: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Protein Chemistry, Immunology
Hobbies: Reading, Travelling
Md. Emon Hossain
University/Degrees: Shimane University, Japan – Ph.D.
Research Interest: Memory B Cells, Respiratory Infectious Diseases, Cellular Reprogramming and Stem Cells.
Hobbies: Soccer and Traveling
Chris A. Risley
University/Degrees: B.Sc Biology and German Studies, Centre College
Research Interests: I am interested in the transcriptional regulation of memory B cells (Bmem), specifically how certain Bmem are pre-disposed to participate in recall responses. I use a combination of transcriptomics, in vivo, and in vitro techniques to determine how these cells are functionally distinct, observe their phenotype, and determine functional outputs.
Hobbies: I enjoy hiking with the squad: my wife, my 8 month old son, and our big loveable doofus of a golden retriever, as well as cooking, and feeding my caffeine addiction.
University/Degrees: University of Alabama at Birmingham – B.S.
Hobbies: Overfeeding my guinea pigs
University/Degrees: The Master’s University. BS in Biology. Pre-Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Biology
Research Insterest: Role of B memory cells in inflammation
Hobbies: African art (oil, water and acrylic) and soccer
Joaquín Bauta Pérez
University/Degrees: Undergraduate athlete in Louisiana Christian University. BS in Biological Sciences
Research Insterest: Passionate about tumor immunology, immunotherapies and the study of B and T cells
Hobbies: Love to play soccer and sports in general, read, draw and hang out with friends and family
Sara Ellen Callahan
Researcher I – Animal Technician
University/Degrees: Undergraduate Program in Genetics and Genomic Sciences
Hobbies: My hobbies cycle in-between reptile terrarium builds and caring for my neurologically impaired cat
Dewey J. Brooke
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Student (MD/PhD)
University/Degree: Montana State University (MSU)
Research Interest: Ovarian cancer and the role of potent cytokine FGF18 in promoting tumor proliferation and recruitment of pro-angiogenic macrophages to tumor microenvironment.
Hobbies: Spending time with my Lady (Maddie Bender MD) and developing R packages for High-Performance Computation.
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Student (MD/PhD)
University/Degree: B.S. Biology – Duke University
Research Interest: We study the basic science of deleterious B cell and antibody responses in the context of human organ transplantation. My long-term goals are to contribute to improving the allocation of human organs, a scarce resource, and the health outcomes of transplant recipients.
Hobbies: Hiking, Reading, and Violin
University/Degree: Osmania University, BSc and MSc, University of Missouri St. Louis, MS Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Research Interest: My research interests are in tumor immunology. I’m particularly interested in studying the factors modulating CD8 anti-tumor function in metastatic ovarian cancer.
Hobbies: Doodling, painting and binge-watching sitcoms.
University/Degree: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology – BS Medical Laboratory Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science
Research Interest: Tissue- and organ-specific human B cell immunity. B cell intrinsic expression of IRF1 in the development of deleterious humoral and inflammatory responses in autoimmunity. Eddie is supported by the AMC21 Scholar Program at UAB.
Hobbies: Movies, Video games, Card games.
Hannah Meshell Canter
University/Degree: Arizona State University – Medical Microbiology BS
Research Interest: My research interests lie in host-pathogen interaction. More specifically I am interested in how the immune system protects the host against foreign viral invaders.
Hobbies: Treating my cat like a king, reading, exploring new cities/towns
University/Degrees: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, BS Medical Laboratory Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science; University of Leicester, UK, MS Infection and Immunity
Research Interests: I am interested in the immunological mechanisms involved in the control and prevention of infectious diseases. My research work in the Randall lab will include working with flu infection models (Influenza A) to investigate the role of the gut microbiota in modulating immune responses to flu infection.
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling and Baking
University/Degrees: China Medical University, BS, MD; Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, MS, MD
Research Interests: My research projects are focused on understanding the functions and mechanisms of different populations of dendritic cells during influenza infection.
Hobbies: Traveling and drawing
University/Degrees: Biomedical Sciences BS at the University of South Florida, Pharmaceutical nanotechnology MS at the University of South Florida
Research interests: Autoimmunity, epigenetic, bioinformatics, memory B cells, plasma cells, and molecular biology
Hobbies: Beekeeping, reading, and exploring nature
Undergraduate Immunology Program and Chemistry, UAB
Research interests: Developing a model for B cell specific deletion of genes utilizing lentivirus and CRISPR-Cas9 technology
Hobbies: Taking my cat on backpack trips
University/Degrees: Undergraduate Immunology Program at UAB
Hobbies: Obsessing over work and school