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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.

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