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Lab photo: September 2021

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: Sydney Doherty

Sydney is a rising junior this year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Pre-Veterinary Science. Sydney’s ultimate educational and career goal is to become veterinarian. Throughout her undergraduate career, she has had the amazing opportunity of working in small animal veterinary clinics and on campus as a TA for the Boer Goat Management course. Sydney anticipates that by participating in a research lab throughout her undergraduate career, she will broaden her experiences and will be able to enter veterinary school with an understanding of both the general practice and research paths of veterinary medicine. Sydney plans on furthering her education at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University after she graduates from UMass Amherst, as she was accepted into Cummings’ Early Acceptance program this past spring.


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.

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