Former Lab Members

Graduate Students

Mary Anne (Sullivan) Lofstrom (1990-1993; PhD 1993). Molecular cloning and characterization of a 60 kilodalton heat shock protein of Trypanosoma cruzi. Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. David Hamilton, Department of Cell Biology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1993-1996). Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.


Randal S. Tibbetts (1991-1995; PhD 1995). Molecular studies of trypanosome chaperone proteins. Postdoctoral Fellowship (Leukemia Society Fellow), Dr. Robert Abraham, Department of Immunology, Duke University, Durham, NC. Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.


Andrea G. Winquist (1992-1993; MD 1993). Molecular cloning of T. cruzi DNA polymerases. Resident Physician, Pathology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL (1993-1997). Current position: Staff Physician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.


Lisa M. Godsel (1992-1997; PhD 1997). A novel mechanism for flagellar protein localization. Current position: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.


Carolyn Chi (1992-1993; MS 1993). Identification of T. cruzi antigens. Graduate Student, University of California, Davis, CA (1993-1997). Current position: unknown.


Kari C. Nadeau (1992-1993; MD, PhD 1993). Harvard, Visiting Graduate Student of Dr. Christopher Walsh, Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School. Chaperones and trypanosomal enzymes. Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.


Andrew R. Cubbon (1993-1996; MS 1996). Experimental autoimmune myocarditis. Current position: Director of Operations, Laboratory for Personalized Molecular Medicine, San Diego, CA.


Rosa Amelia Maldonado Medina (1993-1994; PhD 1994). Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Visiting Graduate Student of Dr. Samuel Goldenberg, FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro. Biochemistry of trypanosome calcium-binding proteins. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas at El Paso.


Greice M. Krautz de Mello (1995-1997; PhD 1997). Centro de Pesquisas Rene Rachou, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Immunity to heat shock proteins in Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Saul Tzipori, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA.


Daniel Z. Uslan (1996-1997; MS 1997). Serodiagnosis of T. cruzi infection. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.


Jennifer L. Jensen (1996-1999; MS 1999). Flagellar DnaJ heat shock protein. Current position: Clinical Research Technologist, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL.


Jennifer E. (Sollenberger) Axilbund (1997-1998; MS 1998). Mitochondrial hsp40 protein. Current position: Genetic Counselor, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.


Laura H. Downing (1997-1998; MS 1998). Identification of recombinant antigens for serodiagnosis of T. cruzi infection. Current position: Associate Consultant, bioStrategies Group, Chicago, IL.


Ryan A. Matika (1998-1999; MS 1999). Identification of recombinant antigens for serodiagnosis of T. cruzi infection. Current position: Resident, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.


Rizwan Velji (1999-2000; MS 2000). Mapping of autoantigenic myosin epitopes in experimental autoimmune myocarditis. Current position: Consultant, Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC, San Francisco, CA.


Ivan Suleiman (2000-2001; MS 2001). Mapping of autoantigenic myosin epitopes in experimental autoimmune myocarditis. Current position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.


Juan S. Leon (1997-2003; PhD 2003). Autoimmunity in Chagas heart disease. Support: American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Current position: Assistant Professor of International Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.


Kathryn T. Buchanan (1999-2005; PhD 2005). Function of trypanosome calcium acyl switch proteins. Support: American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Current position: Product Manager, Life Science Division, Applied Precision, Seattle, WA.


Alina Fridberg (2002-2007; PhD 2007). Biosynthesis and regulation of trypanosome membrane sterols. Support: American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Current position: Senior Medical Writer, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL.


Kenneth V. Hyland (2004-2008; PhD 2008). Pathogenesis of Chagas heart disease. Support: American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Current position: Medical Science Liaison for Oncology, Bristol Myers Squbb Pharmaceuticals, St. Louis, MO.


Melvin D. Daniels (2003-2009; PhD 2010). Pathogenesis of autoimmune myocarditis. Support: NIH Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Training Grant, National Institute of Health Supplemental Grant for Diversity in Health-Related Research. Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Anita S. Chong, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL .


Kevin Bonney (2006-2011; PhD 2011). Trypansoma cruzi-Induced Autoimmunity and Its Role in the Pathogenesis of Experimental Chagas Heart Disease. Support:American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Current position:


Danijela Maric (2006-2012; PhD 2012). Cellular and Molecular Determinants of Flagellar Membrane Loaclization of the Trypansoma cruzi Flagellar Calcium-binding Protein. Support:American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship. Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Thomas Hope, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.


Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Karin G. Klein, PhD 1991 Northwestern University (1991-1996). Mitochondrial heat shock protein 70 in trypanosomes. Current position: Senior Scientist, Nanosphere Technologies, Chicago, IL.


Beth A. Schodin, PhD 1995 University of Illinois (1996-1997). Myosin autoimmunity in experimental myocarditis. Current position: Staff Scientist, Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL.


Lisa M. Godsel, PhD 1997 Northwestern University (1997-2000). Captopril inhibition of inflammation and fibrosis in experimental myocarditis. Current position: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.


Kevin M. Tyler, PhD 1998 University of Manchester (1998-2003). Mitochondrial biogenesis in trypanosomes. Support: Drug Discovery Training Program (NIH T32), Northwestern University, Individual National Research Service Award (NIH F32). Current position: Assistant Professor of Eukaryotic Microbiology, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom.


Bradford S. McGwire, MD, PhD 1997 Chicago Medical School; Internal Medicine 1999 University of Illinois, Chicago (1999-2004). Molecular genetics and biochemistry of major surface protease gp63 of leishmania. Support: American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship for Physicians. Current position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.


Juan S. Leon, PhD 2003 Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (2003-2004). Pathogenesis of myocarditis. Short-Term Fellowship. Current position: Assistant Professor of International Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.


Thomas J. Bahk, MD 1997 University of California, Los Angeles; Pediatrics 2002 University of California, Los Angeles (2003-2006). Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors in myocarditis. Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA.


Aifen Lin, MD 1999 Zhejiang Academy of Medical Sciences, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, PhD 2004 Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea (2004-2005). Pathogenesis of Chagas heart disease. Current position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Wenzhou Medical College, LinHai, Zhejiang, China.


Deborah Pasternack, PhD 2007 University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY (2007-2011). Role of sphingosine kinase in trypanosome signalling. Current position: Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Amy Paller, Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

 

Undergraduate Students

Angela Chang (1997). Current Position:  unknown.
Fred D. Wang (1992-1995). Current Position:  Consultant, SBC Telecommunications, Chicago, IL.
Leah D. Bowser (1998-1999). Current Position:  unknown.
Debra H. Yoo (1998-1999). Current Position:  unknown.
John A. Cieslak (1999-2002). Current Position:  MD-PhD Student, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
DeAnna M. Haynes (2000-2002). Current Position:  Dentist, Washington, DC.
Krista M. Toriello (2000-2003). Current Position:  Veterinary Assistant Student.
LaKitta M. Woods, OD (2002-2004). Current Position:  Optometrist, Matson, IL.
Ronak Desai (2004-2006). Current Position:  MD-PhD Student, Rush University, Chicago, IL.
Sofya H. Asfaw (2003-2009). Current Position:  Resident, Surgery, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH.
Navdeep Gogia (2008-2009). Current Position:  Medical Student, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
Anita Shroff (2009-2011). Current Position:  Research Project Coordinator, Department of Medicine,Feinberg School of Medicine

Visiting Scientists