Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Health Science Campus - 2007 Defenses

Xuesong Huang, Ph.D.  Dr. Huang completed his Ph.D. in Infection, Immunity and Transplantation (IIT), September 13, 2007.  Thesis title: "The study on signal mechanism of protein kinase C Zeta-involved NF-KB activation in LPS-stimulated TLR4 signaling pathways."   His major advisor is Dr. Z. Kevin Pan.  Xuesong accepted a Postdoctoral position in the lab of Dr. Wen-Ming Chu, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at Brown University, Providence, R.I.  
Last known position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the lab of Dr. Wen-Ming Chu, Dept. of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at
Brown University, 171 Meeting Street, Box G-B6, Providence, RI 02912
Tel:  401-863-9785

John Lazarus, Ph.D. 
Dr. Lazarus completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, August 3, 2007.  Thesis title:  "A role for interleukin-10 in the murine model of lyme disease"...major advisor:  Dr. R. Mark Wooten.  John began his studies in fall 2007 to become a medical doctor at The University of Toledo, Health Science Campus.  
 Awards and Honors while a Graduate Student:
    •Outstanding student performance in the M.D./Ph.D. program
    •Received a scholarship to the UT Medical School  
Last known position: Residency at Case Western Reserve University.
Tel:  419-383-3961

Kylie Roach, M.S. 
 Kylie completed her M.S. Degree in Biomedical Sciences, July 19, 2007.  Thesis title:  "A role for igIC in the growth and persistence of Francisella tularensis within macrophages" ... major advisor: Dr. R. Mark Wooten.   Kylie moved to Chicago and is attending Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to pursue a degree in: Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine.
Last known position: Kylie lives in Chicago and attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Traditional Oriental Medicine.


Rachel Balder, Ph.D.
 Dr. Balder was awarded a Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Sciences, April 3, 2007.  Thesis title: "Type V secretion system exoproteins and their roles in the adherence of the gram-negative bacterial pathogens Moraxella catarrhalis, Burkholderia pseudomallei and Burkholderia mallei" ...major advisor: Dr. Eric Lafontaine.  Rachel accepted a Post-doctoral Fellow position at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA in the laboratory of Dr. Lafontaine.
Last known position:  Postdoctoral Scientist in the lab of Dr. Lauren Bakaletz, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, W591, Columbus, Ohio 43205.


Brian Bullard, Ph.D. Dr. Bullard was awarded a Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Sciences, April 4, 2007.  Thesis title:  "Characterization of the Moraxella catarrhalis Hag Adhesin"... major advisor:  Dr. Eric Lafontaine.  Brian accepted a position at Ohio State University as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. John Gunn.
Last known position:  Post-doctoral Researcher, Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics College of Medicine, Ohio State University.
address:  Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210


Christine Akimana, Ph.D. 
Dr. Akimana was awarded a Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Sciences, April 16, 2007.  Thesis title:  "Structural and functional analysis of Moraxella catarrhalis adhesins MCAP and OMPCD"...major advisor:  Dr. Eric Lafontaine.  Christine accepted a Post-doctoral Fellow position at the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY in the laboratory of Dr. Yousef Abu-Kwaik.
Last known position: Post-doctoral Fellow, The University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.  In the laboratory of Dr. Yousef Abu-Kwaik, Bumgardner Chair in Molecular Pathogenesis, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Microbiology & Immunology.  Research Tower, HSC campus.
Tel: 502-852-6208 (lab) 

Robert E. Lintner, Ph.D.
Dr. Lintner was awarded a Ph.D. Degree in the Program in Molecular Basis of Disease, Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics, April 17, 2007.  Thesis title:  "Comparative analysis and discovery of regulatory control"...major advisor: Dr. Robert M. Blumenthal.  Robert joined MIT, Cambridge, MA as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.
Last known position:  Molecular Biologist II, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, 320 Charles Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-324-3643

Meenakshi K. Kaw, M.D., Ph.D.  Dr. Kaw was awarded a Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Sciences, April 18, 2007.  Thesis title: Translational control in Escherichia Coli: HFQ and PVUII"...
Major advisor:  Dr. Robert M. Blumenthal. 
Last known position: Meena accepted a Post-doctoral Fellow position with Dr. Beata Lecka-Czernik, Professor in the department of Orthopedics, The University of Toledo, HSC, located in the CeDER Center. 



Last Updated: 6/27/22