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Current Graduate Students


 Ph.D. Graduate Students
Danielle Califano 2009 - Present
Hometown: Albany, New York
Prior Institutions: B.S., Siena College
Projects: The Role of the Transcription Factor Bcl11b in Il17-Producing Cells
Mentor: Dorina Avram, Ph.D.
Email: CalifaD@mail.amc.edu


Brian Franz 2009 - Present
Hometown: Butler, Pennsylvania
Prior Institutions: B.S., Mercyhurst College
Projects: The Role of Fc Receptors (FcR) in Monoclonal Antibody (mAb)-dependent HIV-1 gp120-mediated Immunity
Mentor: Edmund J. Gosselin, Ph.D.
Email: FranzB@mail.amc.edu

Kristen Holland 2013 - Present
Hometown: Union, NJ
Prior Institutions: B.S., Biology, Ramapo College, New Jersey
Projects: "TBD"
Mentor: Karsten R.O. Hazlett, Ph.D.
Email: Hollank1@mail.amc.edu

Nicole Johnson 2011 - Present
Hometown: Little Meadows, PA
Prior Institutions: BS, Biology, Ithaca College
Projects: Use of Fc Receptor Targeting in a DNA Prime-Fusion Protein Boost Strategy for Vaccination Against Mucosal Pathogens 
Mentor: Edmund J. Gosselin, Ph.D.
Email: JohnsoN4@mail.amc.edu


Kyle Lorentsen 2013 - Present
Hometown: Grapevine, TX
Prior Institutions: B.S., Chemical Engineering, 
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
Projects: "TBD"
Mentor: Dorina Avram, Ph.D.
Email: LorentK@mail.amc.edu

Samira Mansouri 2012 - Present
Hometown: Albany, New York
Prior Institutions: B.S., Siena College
Projects: A Novel Ubiquitin Ligase With a Role in Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis Severity Through Th17 Cells
Mentor: Dorina Avram, Ph.D.
Email: MansouS@mail.amc.edu

Andrea Marias Furuya 2010 - Present
Hometown: Queens, New York
Prior Institutions: B.S., Hunter College
Projects: The Impact of the Interplay of HIV1 Vpr with Host Proteins on Viral Functions
Mentor: Carlos de Noronha, Sc.D.
Email: MariasA@mail.amc.edu

Amanda McCabe 2012 - Present
Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Prior Institutions: B.S., State University of NY at Albany, NY
Projects: The Role of Bone Marrow Resident Macrophages in the Regulation of Hematopoiesis During Homeostasis and Bacterial Infection
Mentor: Kate C. MacNamara, Ph.D.
Email: McCabeA@mail.amc.edu

Abhinit Nagar 2011 - Present
Hometown: Howrah, India
Prior Institutions: M.S., Microbiology, Banaras Hindu University
B.S., Microbiology, University of Calcutta
Projects: "TBD"
Mentor: Jonathan A. Harton, Ph.D.
Email: NagarA@mail.amc.edu


Alan Sanfilippo 2009 - Present
Hometown: Albany, New York
Prior Institutions: B.S., State University of New York at Albany
Projects: Allergic Lung Inflammation and Susceptibility to Streptococcus pneumoniae
Mentor: Dennis W. Metzger, Ph.D.
Email: SanfilA@mail.amc.edu

Hamayun John Sharifi 2009 - Present
Hometown: Amsterdam, New York
Prior Institutions: B.S., Siena College
Projects: Investigating the Role of HIV-1 Viral Protein R in HIV Pathogenesis
Mentor: Carlos de Noronha, Sc.D.
Email: SharifH@mail.amc.edu

Alicia Soucy 2012 - Present
Hometown: Bristol, Connecticut
Prior Institutions: B.S., Siena College
Projects: Defining a Role for Anti-Inflammatory Cytokine During F. tularensis infection
Mentor: Dennis W. Metzger, Ph.D.
Email: SoucyA@mail.amc.edu

Don Steiner 2010 - Present
Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois
Prior Institutions: B.S., Elmhurst College
Projects: The Role of Innate Immunity in Francisella tularensis Infection
Mentor: Dennis W. Metzger, Ph.D.
Email: SteineD@mail.amc.edu

Heidi Tucker 2010 - Present
Hometown: Glens Falls, New York
Prior Institutions: B.A., B.S., State University of NY at Albany, NY
Projects: Structure/Function of B Cell MHC Class II
Mentor: James R. Drake, Ph.D.
Email: TuckerH@mail.amc.edu

Travis Walrath 2012 - Present
Hometown: Cooperstown, New York
Prior Institutions: B.S., Clarkson University
Projects: "TBD"
Mentor: William O'Connor, Jr., Ph.D.
Email: WalratT@mail.amc.edu

Tiffany Zarrella 2012 - Present
Hometown: Nashua, New Hampshire
Prior Institutions: B.S., Syracuse University
Projects: Cyclic di-AMP Signaling in Streptococcus pneumoniae
Mentor: Guangchun Bai, M.D., Ph.D.
Email: ZarrelT@mail.amc.edu

 

 M.S. Graduate Students
Vincent Gabrielle 2012 - Present
Hometown: Wilbraham, Massachusetts
Prior Institutions: B.A., College of St. Rose
Projects: Investigating the Role of Human STING Variants on STING Function
Mentor: Lei Jin, Ph.D.
Email: GabrieV@mail.amc.edu

Briana Lunman 2011 - Present
Hometown: Tolland, CT
Prior Institutions: BS, Biomolecular Science, Central Connecticut State University
Projects: Defining the Role of the Endocytic Hepatitis C Virus Replication Machinery
Mentor: Kouacou V. Konan, Ph.D.
Email:  LunmanB@mail.amc.edu

 

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