Medical Microbiology and Immunology

2000 - 2006 Graduates

Laura Smith, M.S. 
Degree: 2006  Major Advisor: Z. Kevin Pan, M.D., Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Effects of Bacterial Products on Human Blood Leukocytes

Last known position: Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve, Dept. of Pediatric Pulmonary, with Dr. Carol Liedtke, 14 Adelbert Hall, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
Tel: 216-368-4377
Eric Tarcha, Ph.D.   May 2006 Major Advisor: Garry T. Cole, Ph.D.
Thesis Title: Application of immunoproteomics and bioinformatics to Coccidioidomycosis vaccinology.

Last known position:  Principal Scientist, Preclinical Development, Kineta, Inc.
307 Westlake Avenue North, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98109
Tel:  206-378-0400
Roger Herr, Ph.D. 2006    Major Advisor:  Garry T. Cole, Ph.D.
Thesis Title:  Evaluation of two homologous Coccioidioides posadasii antigens as recombinantly expressed
monovalent, divalent, and chimeric vaccine candidates.

Last known position:  Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Ted Hansen, Washington University St. Louis; Immunology Program, 4940 Parkview Place, CSRB room #8851, campus box 8118, St. Louis, MO 63110.
Tel:  314-362-2715 or 314-362-3996
Amanda Melillo, M.S.  2005    Major Advisor:  Dr. Darren Sledjeski
Thesis Title:  Identification of Francisella tularensis outer membrane proteins

Last known position: Ph.D. student, Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease
Albany Medical College, 43 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY12208
Tel: 518-262-3125     Fax: 518-262-3165    email:
Craig N. Burkhart, M.S.  2003    Major Advisor: Dr. Paul Lehmann
Thesis Title:  Nit sheath and bacterial symbiotes of Pediculus human capitis (the Human Head Louse)

Last known position:  M.D. - Clinical Research Professor in Dermatology, University of North Carolina Hospital, 101 Manning Dr, Room 1107G W Wing, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 
Cristin Coco Brescia, Ph.D. 2001   Major Advisor: Dr. Darren Sledjeski
Dissertation Title:  Characterizing the RNA-binding and chaperone activities of the E. coli proteins, H-NS and HFQ

Last known position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biohazard Assessment Research Branch, Microbiological & Chemical Exposure, Assessment Research Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (MD-320), 26 W. Martin Luther King Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45268
Tel: 513.569.7746   
email:  or
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student: 
- Graduate Dean's award winner for 2003
- Medical University of Ohio 2001 Satellite's Scholarship 16th Annual Research Forum
- 2001 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, Finalist ______________________________________________________________
Tara Smith, Ph.D.  2002     Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle

Last known position: Associate Professor, Dept of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.
Tel: 319-384-5755
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student: 
- 2001 Donald C. Cox Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
- 2001 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
- 2001-2002 National Institutes of Health Molecular Pathogenesis of Cancer Grant Trainee ______________________________________________________________
Myrna Saouda Rezcallah, Ph.D.  2002   Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Thesis Title:  The regulation of SPEB, a putative virulence factor of Streptococcus Pyogenes

Address: 1400 Laurel Ave., Apt. W1009, Minneapolis, MN 55403  Tel: 612-338-3426   
Victor Huber, Ph.D. 2002   Major Advisor: Dr. Dennis Metzger

Last known position: Assistant Professor, Influenza Immunity, Lee Medicine Building, room 367, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, The University of South Dakota, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069
Tel: 605-677-5163     Fax: 605-677-6381
Cori Fata-Hartley, Ph.D.     Major Advisors:  Drs. Stan and Dorothea Sawicki 

Last known position: Assistant Professor, Lyman Briggs School, Dept. of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Biology, Michigan State University,
186 East Holmes Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824
Tel: 517-353-4855 x1625
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student at MCO: 
- 1999 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
Abbey L. Carr, M.S.  2001    Major Advisor:  Dr. Michael Boyle
Thesis Title:  Analysis of the functional properties of the oxygen-stable hemolysin (SLS) of Streptococcus pyogenes

Last known position: Research Assistant, Health Science General Surgery Section,
University of Michigan, 1518 MSRB1, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tel: 734-647-2786
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student: 
- 2001 Dr. Liberato J.A. DiDio Award for Excellence in Graduate Research
Iris Keren, M.S.   2001   Advisor: Dr. Darrin Sledjeski

Last known position: Senior Research Assistant, Northeastern University, 134 Mugar Hall, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617-373-3267 
Tao Wang, Ph.D.     Advisor:  Dr. Dorothea Sawicki
Graduate Student: 1996-2001 

Last known position: Residency Program in Pennsylvania
Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 2000 Annual American Society for Virology Travel Award
Renee Buchanan, Ph.D.  2000   Major Advisor: Dr. Dennis Metzger

Tel:  419-843-3499
 Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
- 1998 First place award in Graduate Student Research Forum
Christina Whitman-Guliaev, M.S. 2000     Major Advisor: Dr. Michael Boyle

Last known position: Product Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. 6000 James Watson Drive, Hercules, California 94547
Tel: 510-741-6845
Last Updated: 6/27/22