Department of Pathology

Predoctoral Research Fellows

Rachel Ames

PhD Candidate (Macian Lab)
Undergraduate Institution: Boston University
Research: The role of the transcription factor NFAT in several mechanisms of T cell tolerance. Recent focus is on the role of NFAT1 in T cell exhaustion, a state of decreased T cell responsiveness caused by chronic infections.


Nicole Anayannis

PhD Candidate (Prystowsky Lab)


Miriam Ben-Dayan

PhD Candidate (Prystowsky Lab)


Jacqueline Coley

PhD Candidate (Berman Lab)
Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Charlotte; North Carolina State University
Research: The effect of dopamine on SDF-1 mediated transmigration of monocytes and T-cells across the blood brain barrier into the CNS.


Brandi Freeman

PhD Candidate (Desriuisseaux Lab)
Undergraduate Institution:  Bowling Green State University
Research: Mechanisms of disease and neurological salvage relating to cerebral malaria and neurological complications of cerebral malaria.


Ignacio Guerrero-Ros

PhD Candidate (Macian Lab)


Matias Jaureguiberry

PhD Candidate (Berman Lab)


Sanjeeta Jayakar

PhD Candidate (Belbin Lab)
Undergraduate Institution: SUNY Geneseo
Research: Genes that may contribute to invasion in head and neck cancer. Genes that are over-expressed in invasive patient tumors and that have a possible function in cell motility are tested for a direct effect on invasion. The lab is also investigating a gene identified in genome-wide methylation studies, EDN3, for its role in invasion.


Lizandra Jimenez

PhD Candidate (Prystowsky Lab)
Graduate Institution: Adelphi University
Research: The impact of miR-375 expression on the invasive properties of HNSCC cell lines and the identification its specific target genes and altered signaling pathways in HNSCC.


Bezawit Megra

PhD Candidate (Berman Lab)


Henry Shikani

PhD Candidate (Desruisseaux Lab)
Undergraduate Institution:  Georgetown University
Research: Effect of malarial infection on neuronal metabolism, specifically the parasite's effect on major host survival and apoptotic pathways in neurons and glial cells. Also exploring several possible drug treatments, such as growth factors and compounds which target specific proteins in host survival pathways, in conjunction with anti-malarial drugs to determine whether altering those pathways can be neuroprotective.


Daniel Shin

MD-PhD Candidate (Macian Lab)
Undergraduate Institution:  Columbia University
Research: Aimed at characterizing the role of NFAT proteins in the regulatory T cell-mediated suppression of effector T helper cells, determining the genetic programs activated in suppressed T cells and identifying new tools to modulate Treg function.


Karin Skalina

MD-PhD Candidate (Guha Lab)


Tadakimi Tomita

Phd Candidate (Weiss Lab)
Undergraduate Institution: University of Bridgeport
Research: Identification and characterization of toxomplasma gondii cyst wall protein.


Mike Veenstra

PhD Candidate (Berman Lab)


Dionna Williams

PhD Candidate (Berman Lab)
Undergraduate Institution:  Hofstra University
Research: The transmigration of a mature monocyte population across the blood brain barrier and the implications of this process in HIV associated neurocognitive disorders. Interests include the adhesion molecules present on the monocyte and chemokines which promote this transmigration, and the susceptibility of monocytes to HIV.


Rama Rasheed Yakubub

MD-PhD Candidate (Weiss Lab)

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