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Graduate Students

  • Neha is a 1st year in the Microbiology PhD track of the Combined Program in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) at Yale University. She has a strong interest in HIV-host interactions and virology in order to develop accessible solutions for the populations most impacted by these health crises. Neha has a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she was a Stamps Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2023. She was awarded Highest Distinction and Academic Distinction in MCB for her senior thesis on “Structural and biochemical mechanisms of HIV latency reactivation in monocytes, macrophages, and T-cells” in the laboratory of Dr. Collin Kieffer.
  • I am a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology. I research the function and potential uses of short cell-penetrating peptides in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel DiMaio. My interests include virology, science communication, science policy, and photography.
  • Rebecca (she/her) was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she majored in Industrial Microbiology. In her home institution, she worked on screening for pathogenic aerosols in the biology department and identifying environmental fungal interactions with bromeliads. Now, Rebecca is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Track of the BBS program. In Dr. Barbara Kazmierczak’s lab, she’s studying Acanthamoeba castellanii - Pseudomonas aeruginosa interactions. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys pottery and baking.
  • Ife received her B.S. in Microbial Biology from the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. During her undergraduate degree, she studied antibody-dependent enhancement of severe dengue in the laboratory of Professor Eva Harris. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Microbial Pathogenesis department, where she is mentored by Professor Amy Bei. Her research focuses on developing novel malaria transmission-blocking interventions. She investigates the interactions between Plasmodium parasites, Anopheles mosquitoes, and their microbiota.
  • Jeff is an MD/PhD student in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis at Yale University School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Craig Roy where he is studying the mechanisms of secreted bacterial proteins that manipulate eukaryotic cell signaling processes.  Jeff attended Haverford College where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jeff investigated the molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis  at Uniformed Services University in the lab of Alison O'Brien, and then Harvard Medical School in the lab of Marcia Goldberg. He has continued his studies of host-pathogen interactions focused on the organism Coxiella burnetii and understanding the molecular and biochemical activities of bacterial secretion system client proteins. He volunteers as a co-director of the Longitudinal Care Coordination program at the HAVEN student-run free clinic where he oversees a team of patient navigators and senior clinical team members to coordinate the efficient delivery of care to HAVEN's most vunerable patients.
  • Kristina graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Biochemistry & Biophysics. After earning her bachelor's degree, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Deborah Hung at Massachusetts General Hospital where she studied the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She is currently a graduate student in the Pi Lab and is investigating the formation of ferrosomes in Clostridioides difficile.