PI: Alissa Rothchild, PhD
Postdoc – Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Aderem lab
Ph.D. – Harvard University, Immunology, Behar lab
B.S. – Brown University, Biology
As a graduate student, Alissa studied immune mechanisms of protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and has been hooked on TB and lung immunity ever since! She is particularly interested in studying the role of alveolar macrophages in immune responses to airborne microbes and regulation of pulmonary inflammation, using a combination of immunology, microbiology, and systems biology approaches. In her free time, Alissa Alissa enjoys hiking and biking through the Pioneer Valley, running after her two toddlers.
Graduate Student (PhD): Pamelia Lim
B.S. – University of Rochester, Cell and Developmental Biology, Minor in Biomedical Engineering
Pamelia is interested in studying innate sensing functions of alveolar macrophages in both naive and infected conditions, and characterizing subpopulations of AMs that are differentially targeted by Mtb during infection. She enjoys cooking and baking while binge watching reality cooking shows, and crocheting small things for her cat.
Graduate Student (PhD): Linh Pham, MS
B.S. – International University-National University in Vietnam, Biotechnology
M.S. – University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), Biotechnology
In her undergraduate research, Linh investigated the effect of androgens on the in vitro growth and maturation of mammalian oocytes in a swine model. During her master’s training in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, she studied the role of telomerase in cancer, bone marrow production, and Dyskeratosis Congenita. After receiving her Master’s degree, Linh studied Artenovenous fistula (AVF) and vascular remodeling for chronic kidney disease. Linh now studies the cell-protective Nrf2-dependent transcriptional signature up-regulated by Mtb-infected alveolar macrophage, designing approaches to modify Nrf2 expression in vitro and in vivo. In her free time, she likes swimming, rock climbing, and baking.
Research Fellow: Maritza Cervantes Palacios, MS
M.S. – Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Experimental Biology
B.S. – Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Biology
Maritza has been working with different aspects of the immune response since she started volunteering in a lab during college. She is always eager to learn new approaches to study this and is looking forward to exploring different microbiological and molecular techniques. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, reading and hiking.
Undergraduate research assistant: Brenda Genium
Brenda is a junior from Everett, Massachusetts who is double majoring in Microbiology and Public Health. She loves learning about infectious disease, and thinks viruses are particularly interesting. On campus, Brenda is a Resident Assistant in Southwest, a Microbiology Peer Advisor, and a member of the HerCampus chapter. Off campus she loves exploring new restaurants, playing with dogs, painting, and hiking.
Undergraduate research assistant: Aiden McKeeby
Undergraduate research assistant: 2021-2022
Sydney graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science. She will be starting at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Fall 2023.