Anika Sinha

Anika received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Global Health, Culture, and Society from Emory University in 2020. Previously in her undergraduate career, she worked with the Joanna Goldberg lab where she investigated the interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Anika joined the lab in summer 2019 for an Honor's thesis to study the activation of immune defense proteins by Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Raedeen Russell, PhD

Raedeen received her B.S. in Biology from Saint Augustine’s University and M.S in Biology from Georgia State University. She was contracted as an ORISE fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct serological testing on HPV. She later continued her education at Morehouse School of Medicine where she pursued a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and an M.S in Clinical Research. Her doctoral work was conducted under the tutelage of Dr. Francis Eko, where she explored the role of exosomes in chlamydial immunity (Microbiology; BMC Immunology). As a postdoctoral fellow she examined the immunopathogenesis of group A Strep infection.

Now: MD student, Morehouse School of Medicine

Jenna Sands

Jenna received her B.S. in Biology from Emory University in 2018. During her undergraduate career, she worked in the lab of Dr. Jacques Galipeau investigating the efficacy of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapies for treating liver fibrosis. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis in the lab of Dr. Anita Corbett investigating the mechanisms insulin regulates the RNA binding protein PABPN1 in C2C12 muscle cells to better understand the pathogenesis of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD). In 2018, Jenna started as a research specialist to examine role of IL-1 family cytokines during group A Streptococcus infection and digoxin treatment (JBC, 2019).

Now: MD student at the Emory School of Medicine.

Laken Smothers

Laken graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Anthropology. In the lab she examined immune activation by the proteases of Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Now: MPH student, Emory Rollins School of Public Health.

Danny (Jungmin) On

Danny received his B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Vanderbilt University in 2016. He then spent a gap year in the Bordenstein Lab at Vanderbilt researching Wolbachia, an obligate intracellular bacteria that skews host reproduction (Nature). In collaboration with Yousuf Khalifa, MD of the Emory Eye Center, he researched the infection pattern of bacteria in the eye and developed an ex-vivo model of endophthalmitis over the summer of 2018.

Now: MD student, Medical College of Georgia

Katherine Leigh Olivares

KayLeigh joined the lab as a visiting student for a research experience over her summer break in 2018. She received her Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology from Purdue University in 2017. Her project examined the immune response and virulence properties of group A Streptococcus infection under anti-IL-6 and anti-IL-1 immunotherapy.

Now: MD student, Wayne State University School of Medicine