Former Predoctoral Trainees - Where are they now?


Trainee and
Prior Institution

Training Period and Preceptor

Title of Project

Current Position

Diana Albu 

University of Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
1999-2004 
Dennis W. Metzger
IL-12 as a Mucosal Adjuvant for Enhancement of HIV-1 and Influenza Virus Immune ResponsesScientist, Oncology, EiSai, Andover, MA
Paul Arnaboldi

College of St. Rose, NY 
1999-2005
Dennis W. Metzger
Mucosal B Cell Dysfunction in IgA DeficiencyResearch Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Bernard P. Arulanandam

Mankato State University, Mankato, MN
1995-1999 
Dennis W. Metzger
Effects of IL-12 on Mucosal and Neonatal ImmunityProfessor of Microbiology & Immunology and Assistant Vice President for Research; Department of Biology, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX
Maninjay Atianand

Grant Medical College, Bombay, India
2006-2011 
Jonathan A. Harton
Structure-Function Analysis of POP2: Modulation of NFkB and Inflammasome FunctionsPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
J. Matthew Buchanan

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1993-1996 
Dennis W. Metzger
Influence of Interleukin-12 on Antibody Isotype ExpressionSupervisor, Quality Control, North American Science Associates, Toledo, OH
Kathleen O. Busman-Sahay (nee McCabe)

State University of New York at Albany, NY
2005-2012
James R. Drake
Critical Regulatory Elements Control B Cell Receptor Endocytosis and Antigen Presentation by MHC Class IIPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunology & Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Adriana Caballero Muniz

LaMolina National Agrarian University, Peru 

2001-2007 
James R. Drake

Functional and Structural Requirements for B Cell Receptor-mediated Antigen Internalization and Trafficking

Research Associate/Laboratory Manager;  The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, IL

Danielle Califano

Siena College
Albany, NY
2009-2015
Dorina Avram
The Role of BCL11B in Effector CD4+ T Cells and Innate Lymphoid CellsResearch Assistant, Department of Immunology & Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College; Albany, NY
Kip Connor

American International College
2000-2005 
J. Andres Melendez
Manganese Superoxide Dismutase Regulates the Malignant Phenotype through the Production of Mitochondrial Derived Hydrogen PeroxideAssistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Boston, MA

Jaya Dasgupta

Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, India

2002-2008 
J. Andres Melendez

Age-Dependent Induction of Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 is a Redox-Sensitive Process Requiring the Activation of the C-Jun N-Terminal Kinase PathwayInstructor in Biology, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
Lori DeFreest

State University of New York at Albany, NY
2000-2005 
James A. Bennett
Binding Sites and Mechanistic Pathways for a Novel Human Anti-Breast Cancer PeptideResident, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY
Douglas M. Durrant

Utah State University
2004-2010 
Dennis W. Metzger
IL-12 Alleviates Allergic Lung Inflammation in the Absence of T-Bet RegulationPostdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Assoicate Instructor, Maryville University; St. Louis, MO

Stephen M. Festin

Villanova University and Temple University

1992-1997 
James A. Bennett
Antiestrogenic Portion of Alpha-fetoprotein Localizes to Domain IIISenior Business Specialist, Charles River Laboratories; Albany, NY

Anthony M. Franchini

College of St. Rose, Albany, NY

2007-2014
James R. Drake

FcyR Engagement Induces Reactive Oxygen Species Production, a Necessary Signal for the Production of Inflammatory Cytokines during F. tularensis Infection Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Environmental Medicine, University of Rocester; Rochester, NY

Brian Franz

Merchyhurst University

2009-2015
Edmund J. Gosselin

Downmodulation of Vaccine-Induced Immunity and Protection against the Intracellular Bacterium Francisella tularensis by the Inhibitory Receptor Fcy RIIBPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunology and Microbial Disease, Albany, NY
Anthony J. Hickey

State University of New York at Albany, NY
2005-2011
Dennis W. Metzger
Franciscella tularensis Outer Membrane Protein A (FopA) as a Protective Antigen in Mice for TularemiaIntramural Postdoctoral Fellow, Euince Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Victor C. Huber

Northern State University
1997-2001 
Dennis W. Metzger
Mechanisms for IL-12 Influence on Mucosal ImmunityAssociate Professor, Division of Biomedical Sciences, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, SD
Dawn M. Jelley-Gibbs

SUNY Plattsburgh, NY
1993-1998 
Edmund J. Gosselin
Immune Targeting and the Role of Fc-gamma Receptor and Human IgG Subclasses in Enhanced Presentation of IgG-Antigen ComplexesScientific Program Manager,
Taconic, Inc., Rensselaer, NY
Bhuvana Katkere

Bogomolets National Medical University,  Ukraine
2006-2012
James R. Drake
Molecular Requisite for B Cell Receptor UbiquitinationPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Penn State University, State College, PA
Kevin Leahy

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1995-1998 
Dana R. Crawford
Identification and Characterization of a Novel Stress-induced Gene, adapt78M.D., Ph.D., FACS
Assistant Professor, Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Amanda Melillo

Medical College of Ohio
2005-2010 
J. Andres Melendez
The Role of Francisella Antioxidants in Virulence and RestrictingMacrophage Signaling and Inflammatory Cytokine ProductionHealth Specialist at NIH/NIDCR; Washington, DC
Fassil B. Mesfin

State University of New York at Old Westbury
1997-2001 
James A. Bennett
Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Anti- estrogenic and Anti-breast Cancer AFP-derived PeptidesAssistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Missouri, School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Valerie Nappi

Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY
1997-2002 
Lisa M. Petti
The BPV E5/PDGF b Receptor Connection: A Model in Transmembrane Protein-Protein InteractionsAssistant Professor, Biology Department, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY
Kristen Nelson

Luther College, Regina, Saskatchewan , Canada
1999-2004 
J. Andres Melendez
The Mechanism of Manganese Superoxide Dismutase-regulated Matrix Metalloproteinase-1 Expression Revealed?Postdoctoral Fellow, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Molecular Targets Group, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Michael Nekorchuk

Boston University

2007-2014
Carlos de Noronha
HIV Activity Through Cullin Ubiquitin Ligases is Dependent on NeddylationPostdoctoral Fellow, Viral Mutation Section, HIV Drug Resistance Program; National Cancer Institute, Frederick, MD
Eiji Okubo

Indiana University
1995-2002 
Thomas D. Friedrich
Negative Regulation of Mitotic Promoting Factor by SV40Senior Application Engineer, Beckman Coulter; Kanagawa, Japan
Lisa M. Plitnick

University of New York, Oswego, NY
1994-1999 
Edmund J. Gosselin
Inhibition of IL-2 by a Gram Positive Commensal OrganismSenior Research Toxicologist, Merck & Co., Inc., Department of Safety Assessment, West Point, PA
Kristen Porter

University of New Hampshire
2005-2010
Karen M. Duus
Mechanisms of Class II Transcriptional Activator (CIITA) Enhancement of HIV Replication

Health Scientist Administrator,
PSP/DAIDS/NIAID/NIH/DHHS, Bethesda, MD

Mark Preissler

Russell Sage College, Albany, NY
1997-2004 
Edmund J. Gosselin
Utilization of Receptors for IgG for the Inhibition and/or Elimination of Ag-specific B CellsDirector, Serology Laboratory, Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY
Aparna Ranganathan

University of Hyderabad, India
1997-2002 
J. Andres Melendez
Redox Regulation of Interleukin-1a Expression

Assistant Professor,
Basic Medical Sciences, University of Arizona
College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ

Alan M. Sanfilippo

SUNY Albany, NY

2009-2015
Dennis W. Metzger

Allergic Lung Inflammation Enhances Survival from Pneumococcal Pneumonia in MicePostdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
Odeniel Sertil

SUNY Stony Brook, NY
2000-2006 
Charles V. Lowry and Jeffrey A. Banas
Regulatory Mechanisms of  Anaerobic Gene Expression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Role of Mot3 and Rpd3 in Adaptation to Anaerobic GrowthForensic Scientist, Phoenix Laboratory Services Bureau; Gilbert, AZ
Hamayun John Sharifi

Siena College
2009-2015
Carlos de Noronha
The CRL4 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex and HIV InfectionPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Immunology and Microbial Disease, Albany, NY

Sita Subbaram

University of Baroda, India

2002-2008 
J. Andres Melendez

Redox-Control of Co-activators and Repressors of MMP-1 TranscriptionPostdoctoral Fellow, Department of Regenerative and Cancer Cell Biology, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Keer Sun

Lanzhou University, China

2001-2006 
Dennis W. Metzger
Interplay Between Respiratory Antibodies and Phagocytes in Protection Against Streptococcus Pneumonia

Assistant Professor,
Department of Pathology & Microbiology,
University of Nebraska, College of Medicine,
Omaha, NE

Victor H. Van Cleave

University of Tennessee, Martin, TN
1983-1987 
Dennis W. Metzger
Immunochemical and Molecular Characterization of Monoclonal Internal ImagesVice President,  Research & Development, Meridian Life Science, Inc., Memphis, TN
Laura A. Vogel (Ling)

Miami University, Oxford, OH
1991-1995 
Dennis W. Metzger
Influences of T cells and T Cell Regulatory Cytokines on B-1 Cell FunctionProfessor, Department of Biology, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL

Mary Walsh

Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

1997-2002 
Edmund J. Gosselin

Targeting Ag to FcgammaRI:  A Modular Approach to Vaccines

Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Xiaoyun Wen

JiNan University
2004-2010
Carlos de Noronha
HIV1 VPR Function is Mediated Through Interaction with the DDB1 CUL4 Ubiquitin Ligase ComplexPostdoctoral Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology, Emory University, Decatur, GA
Justin Wilson

Castleton State College, VT
2003-2009
James R. Drake
Effect of Francisella tularensis Infection on Macrophage Antigen PresentationPostdoctoral Fellow, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC