Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Nicholas Cianciotto Lab

Lab Members

Meet the Lab team members. We welcome requests for information about our work and collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator


Nicholas Cianciotto, PhD
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Professor in Microbiology-Immunology
PhD, University of Washington - MicroImmunology
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Nick Cianciotto received his BS degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his PhD degree in microbiology from the University of Washington. Following post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan, Dr. Cianciotto joined Northwestern as an assistant professor of microbiology-immunology in 1990.

Postdoctoral Fellows


Ashley DuMont, PhD
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BS, Denison University; PhD, New York University

Hilary Truchan, PhD
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BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison; PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Huaixin Zheng

Huaixin Zheng, PhD
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PhD, Stony Brook University

Huaixin Zheng received his BS degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and his PhD degree from the Stony Brook University in molecular and cellular biology. He studied the role of iron uptake pathways of Francisella tularensis on intracellular replication for his graduate study. He is now working on the role of HGA-melanin of Lpn on iron uptake and growth.

Graduate Students

Denise Burnside

Denise Burnside
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PhD Graduate Student
BS, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

Denise grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and received her BS degree in biological sciences from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Her thesis work focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of siderophore-mediated iron acquisition in Legionella pneumophila.

Stephanie Fairbairn
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MPH/PhD Graduate Student
BS, University of California-San Diego

Celeste Mallama

Celeste Mallama
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MPH/PhD Graduate Student
BA, Wellesley College

Celeste grew up in Maryland and received her BA degree in biological sciences from Wellesley College. A graduate student in the Cianciotto lab, Celeste studies the interaction between Legionella pneumophila and the host innate immune system.

Megan Nas
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MPH/PhD Graduate Student
BS, University of Michigan

Richard White

Richard White
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MPH/PhD Graduate Student
BS, Emory University

Recent Alumni


Christa Chatfield
Postdoctoral Fellow (Assistant Professor, SUNY Cortland)

Harry Christman, PhD
Phd, University of California - Davis


Felizza Gunderson , PhD
PhD, San Diego State University

Sara Karaba
BS, University of Maryland, College Park


Kessler McCoy-Simandle
Graduate Student (Postdoctoral Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine)

Brendan Mulhern


Meghan Pearce
Graduate Student (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stritch School of Medicine - Loyola University Chicago)

Jessica Schmitt
BS, The George Washington University


Catherine Stewart
Graduate Student (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois-Chicago)

Paloma Vargas, PhD
MS/PhD, Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the New York University School of Medicine