Staffs

  • Emilee Friedman Fechter

    Research Assistant III

    Emilee is from Augusta, Georgia, and earned her Master's degree in May 2018 from Georgia College. During her undergraduate studies at Augusta University, she conducted research on the proliferation of pancreatic cancer cell lines, and her graduate thesis research focused on the re-localization of cellular proteins during adenovirus infection. Emilee has received awards for her work from both the American Physiological Society as well as the Georgia College Department of Biological Sciences. She has a particular interest in virology and immunology; her publications can be found in the Georgia Journal of Science and Molecular Carcinogenesis. Outside of the lab, Emilee enjoys traveling, geocaching, and hiking with her wife.

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Allison Greenplate

    Allie completed her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology. During her graduate studies, she used mass cytometry to study the systems immune response of melanoma patients undergoing immunotherapy and targeted therapy. Allie’s interest in the immune system and antibodies is long-standing. Prior to graduate school, she worked at Janssen studying bacterial mechanisms of immune evasion whereby secreted enzymes cleaved the IgG hinge region, resulting in a loss of function. Outside the lab, Allie enjoys camping, CrossFit, and photography. Currently, she is working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in University of Pennsylvania

  • Sanjay Mishra

    Sanjay completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in the Chemical and Physical Biology. In the graduate school, he studied small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) for their role in the stress response and aging. Using protein engineering and CRISPR knockout strategies, he showed that sHSPs have conserved roles among vertebrates, and sHSPs have evolved possibly under the organellar and organismic proteostatic demands. When not in lab, Sanjay moonlights as a Data Scientist and a popular science writer.

Graduate Students

  • Ian Setliff

    Ian was a PhD student in the Chemical & Physical Biology program. He received his BS in physics from the University of Richmond where he conducted research in a systems biology laboratory studying signal propagation in genetic networks and cellular behavior under stress. His interests, broadly speaking, are in computational structural immunology and systems immunology. Currently, he is working as an associate scientist in Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

  • Wyatt McDonnell

    (Jointly with Dr. Simon Mallal)

    Wyatt McDonnell received his undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College in 2015, where he studied photodynamic therapy of S. aureus mediated by hemoglobin precursors via blue and red light in the lab of Frank Steiner. Wyatt was a graduate student in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a member of the labs of Simon Mallal (MBBS, FRACP, FRCPA) and Ivelin Georgiev, PhD. His research interests center on the interface between T and B cell receptors, at the intersection of human genetics, immune differentiation, and antibody development. When outside of lab, Wyatt enjoys playing piano and guitar, brewing beer at home, and traveling internationally. Currently, he is working as a Computational immunologist in 10X Genomics

  • Rohit Venkat

    Rohit received his A.B. in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Following graduation, he worked as a research assistant under Dr. Antonis Rokas at Vanderbilt University before joining the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in 2015. He joined as a graduate student in the Chemical and Physical Biology Program, he is interested in computational immunology and technology development and aspires to pursue a career as a physician innovator. Outside of lab, Rohit enjoys dancing, hitting up the local Orangetheory gym, and cheering on his hometown Tennessee Titans.

Research Assistants

  • Steven Wall

    Steven is an undergraduate student at Belmont University majoring in Biology.  After graduating, he plans to attend graduate school to earn his PhD.  He aspires to have career in research with the National Institutes of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Outside of the lab, Steven enjoys reading, playing board games, and building computers.

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Juliana Qin

    Juliana is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She fostered an interest in immunology under Dr. Liang Qiao at Loyola University Chicago, studying pseudovirus-based vaccine development. In her free time, Juliana enjoys playing tennis and piano, watching soccer, and eating spicy food.