Rachna Arora, PhD

Rachna Arora, PhD

Research Scientist, Lange lab

Bio

rnamzb@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate School: BS, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut, India, 1999-2002.

Graduate School:
MS, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India 2002-2004
PhD, Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, India 2004-2010

Post Doctoral Experience: Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2010-2016. The Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, Florida, 2016-2018.

Research Interests: Understanding macromolecular interactions involved in viral infection and to develop of novel therapeutic intervention strategies.

Fun Fact: I like to hike the trails and take long walks. I enjoy cooking and having playtime with kids.

Piyush Baindara

Piyush Baindara, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow, Schrum Lab

Bio

pbaindara@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate School: BS Agriculture, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India, 2004-2008.

Graduate school: MS Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2008-2010.

PhD, CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, India, 2011-2017.

Post Doctoral Experience: National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India, 2018-2018.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. 2018-2020.

Research Interest: Antimicrobial peptides, Host-pathogen interaction, Signaling network during disease, Immunotherapy.

Fun Fact: I love writing and enjoy cooking.

Thaiss Borges Lessa, PhD

Thaiss Borges Lessa, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow, Duan Lab

Bio

lessat@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate school: Bandeirante University of São Paulo, 2001 in Physiotherapy . São Paulo-Brazil

Graduate school: University of São Paulo, PhD in Animal Science, 2016. São Paulo-Brazil

Research interests: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, muscle physiology and immunology.

Fun Fact: I love to spend my time cooking, training for triathlon and cuddling my cat.

Yue Guan, PhD

Yue Guan, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow, Daniels Lab

Bio

guanyue@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate School: BS in Microbiology, China Agricultural University

Graduate School: PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois at Urbana and Champaign

Research Interests: Cancer immunology

Fun Fact: I like to read and travel with my kids.

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Alfreda Nelson, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow, Gil Pageś Lab

Bio

nelsonad@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate: BS in Chemistry, 2008 New Mexico State University

Graduate: PhD, Mayo Graduate School 2015

Research interest: At the moment, studying potential therapeutics to treat cancer and autoimmunity.

Xiufang Pan, PhD

Xiufang Pan, PhD

Research Scientist, Duan lab

Bio

panxi@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate school: 9/1981- 7/1986 M.D, Hebei Medical University. Shijiazhuang, P.R. China.

Graduate school: 9/1996- 6/2001 PH.D. Peking University Health Science Center. Beijing, P. R. China.

Research interests: Using AAV as vector to delivery transgene to dystrophin-deficiency mouse or canine models, to explore the possible methods of DMD treatment so that benefit the improvement or cure the DMD patients in clinic.

Fun fact: Talking and playing with my cat will be happy and healthy for both of us.

David Porciani

David Porciani, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Burke lab

Bio

porcianid@missouri.edu

Undergraduate School: MSc in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology at the University of Pisa (Pisa, Italy)

Graduate School: PhD in Molecular Biophysics at the Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa, Italy)

Research Interests: Targeted Drug Delivery, Cancer Biology, Aptamers, Theranostics, Single-Molecule Imaging.

Fun Fact: I like baking cakes, reading books, and watching movies/TV shows. I enjoy spending time with my friends. I love sports (mostly cycling and soccer), and I love buying superhero t-shirts.

Curtis Pritzl, PhD

Curtis Pritzl, PhD

Research Scientist, Emma Teixeiro lab

Bio

PritzlC@health.missouri.edu

Undergraduate School: BS Molecular Biology/Biotechnology 2001 Salem Teikyo University

Graduate School: MS Molecular Biology 2004 Salem International University. PhD Molecular Microbiology and Immunology 2011 MU

Research Interests: CD8 T Cell Memory. T Cell Exhaustion. Tumor Immunology

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Tobechukwu Ukah, PhD

Tobechukwu Ukah, PhD

Postdoc, Zaghouani Lab

Bio

tkumv8@mail.missouri.edu

Undergraduate School: Abia State University, Nigeria; BS in Microbiology. 2005

Graduate School: Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MS in Biology. 2013University of Missouri-Columbia; PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. 2018

Research Interests: Mechanism of antigen-specific immunotherapy for Type 1 Diabetes