Lab Members

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David Hafler, MD

William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor of Neurology and Professor of Immunobiology

Chair, Department of Neurology

Neurologist-in-Chief, Yale New Haven Hospital

Biography

Dr. Hafler is the William S. and Lois Stiles Edgerly Professor and Chairman Department of Neurology, Yale School of Medicine and is the Neurologist-in-Chief of the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He graduated magna cum laude in 1974 from Emory University with combined B.S. and M.Sc. degrees in biochemistry, and the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1978. He then completed his internship in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins followed by a neurology residency at Cornell Medical Center-New York...

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Margarita Dominguez-Villar, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Autoimmune Diseases

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Udeme Ekong, MBBS, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology)

Biography

Professional Education

MPH: Northwestern University, (2011)
MBBS: Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (1992)
Fellowship: Northwestern University, Chicago, Transplant Hepatology (2003)
Fellowship: Columbia University, New York, Pediatric Gastroenterology (2000)
Residency: Lincoln Hospital, New York, Pediatrics (1998)
Residency: Birmingham Children's Hospital, United Kingdom, Pediatrics (1996)
Residency: Bedford Hospital, United Kingdom, Pediatrics (1995)
Internship: University of Ghana Teaching...

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Markus Kleinewietfeld, PhD

Laboratory Associate in Neurology

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Khadir Raddassi, MS, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Neurology

Biography

Initial formation: cellular immunology and signal transduction.

Current interest: assay development, assay automation, autoimmune disease therapy mechanisms

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Research Interests

Biological Therapy; Clinical Protocols; Immune System Diseases; Diseases

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Yonghao Cao, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Neurology

Biography

Dr. Cao is an Associate Research Scientist at the Departments of Neurology and Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine. He received his PhD from the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences at Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2010. His previous research was focused on the mechanistic study of T cell development and differentiation. Dr. Cao joined the Hafler lab in 2011 as a Postdoctoral Associate to study the role of self-reactive T cells in human autoimmune diseases. Using cutting-edge...

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Research Interests

Autoimmune Diseases; Multiple Sclerosis; Myasthenia Gravis

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William Housley, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurology

Biography

Dr. Housley has a post-doctoral Fellowship from the Life Sciences Research Foundation to study the genetic basis of autoimmune diseases. He received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2011 where he was an NIH student fellow studying disease pathogenesis in models of multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease. He has received multiple awards including the Henderson Award from the University of Connecticut. His previous research experience includes working in the Pharmaceutical industry on...

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Siobhan Ni Choileain, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Neurology

Biography

Dr. Ni Choileain has a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to study the role of Th1 Tregs in disease susceptibility and progression. She previously obtained a Multiple Sclerosis Society (UK) student fellowship to study the role of the T cell costimulatory molecule, CD46, in MS and in 2013 received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. In 2007, Dr. Ni Choileain completed her Master of Science in Biomedical science from the National University of Ireland,...

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Amanda Hernandez

MD/PhD student

Biography

Amanda Hernandez is a student in the MD/PhD program at Yale University. She graduated with a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University in 2008. A current PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, she is researching the role of environmental factors mediating the T-cell arm of autoimmunity.

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Alyssa Nylander

MD/PhD student

Biography

Alyssa Nylander is a student in the combined MD/PhD program at Yale University. She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Biology cum laude and the interdisciplinary Mind/Brain/Behavior certificate in Neurobiology. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. Her research focuses on the role of podoplanin signaling in human T cells and ectopic lymphoid follicle formation in multiple sclerosis patients.

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