Lund Lab Directory FINAL NEW img 0 Frances Lund, Charles H. McCauley Professor and Chair 
Hometown: Chicago, IL 
University/Degree: University of Notre Dame, Duke University, PhD

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Troy Randall
J. Claude Bennet Professor of Medicine,
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
Hometown: Columbia, MO
University/Degree: University of Denver, BS, Duke University, PhD


Miranda Curtiss, Fellow, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care
Hometown: Alliance, NE

University/Degree: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine MD/PhD
Residency: University of Alabama-Birmingham Internal Medicine
Research Interest: I am currently in fellowship training at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (combined fellowship in adult Pulmonary and adult/peds Allergy/Immunology). My research interests are mechanisms underlying development of allergic disease. I am studying the role of dendritic cells in this process with an emphasis on transcriptional and epigenetic differences in dendritic cell subsets that contribute to development of Th2 responses


Davide Botta

Hometown: Lariano, Italy 
University: Benedictine College, BS, University of Arizona, PhD
Research Interest: My research involves two main projects. First, understanding the role of the voltage independent, redox-sensitive, cation channel TRPM2 in diseases of lung inflammation and damage, such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The second project focuses on validation of the NAD-consuming ectoenzyme CD38 as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of CD38-positive B cell malignancies, such as multiple myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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Anoma Nellore, MD
Assistant Professor of Infectious Disease
Hometown: Bel Air, MD

University/Degrees: BA/BS University of Maryland; MD University of Pennsylvania; Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Research Interest: Novel characterization of humoral responses after vaccination in immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts; Multi-drug resistant infections in solid organ transplantation

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Hometown: Granada, Spain 
University: University of Granada, BS, University of Granada, PhD
Research Interest: My research interest in Dr. Lund's lab lies in the study of Human B Cells. The role of T-bet in B-lymphocyte development, its expression in different memory and effector B cells subsets in health, autoimmune disorders and viral infections, and its role in the regulation of IgG class switching are the major roles of my research. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Sithy R Allie (Rameeza)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Colombo, Sri Lanka
University: University of Kentucky, BS, Dartmouth College, PhD
Research Interest: Are there antigen specific B cells that reside in the lung after an influenza infection? If so, what roles do they play in protection?

Natalia Ballesteros

Natalia Ballesteros

Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Ubate Cundinamarca, Colombia.
University/Degree: National University of Colombia BS, Complutense University M.Sc, Ph.D.
Research Interest: My research interests are to understand the role of dendritic cells subsets and their environmental signals that influence the development of Th1 or Th2 response against Leishmania major infection.

Liam Brennan

Liam Brennan
Postdoctoral Fellow
Christchurch, New Zealand

University/Degree: University of Otago, BSc (Hons), University of Otago, PhD.
Research Interest: Characterization of B lymphocyte responses to influenza infection and characterisation of immune pathways that contribute to autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

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Selene Meza-Perez

Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
University: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), BS, National Polytechique Institute (ENCB-IPN), Ph.D.  
Research Interest: The role of the omentum in immune tolerance.

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Aaron Silva Sanchez

Postdoctoral Fellow
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
University: National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), BS, National Polytechique Institute (ENCB-IPN), PhD
Research Interest: My main interest is to understand the development of mucosal immune system development and how alterations during early neonatal period affect the response to further microbial challenges.

Graduate Students

Marvin Bowlin square Marvin Bowlin
Graduate Student
Hometown: Smithdale, MS

University/Degree: B.S. Biological Research Sciences, Misissippi College 2013
Research Interest: My general research interests are in understanding and elucidating the development of robust, effective humoral responses to infections. The research focus of my projects center around the development and differentiation of T follicular helper (TFH) cells, the of the generation of germinal centers (GC) and the development of the antibody response, including mechanisms of help used by TFH cells to support GC B cell activities. Of interest at this point is the effect of Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 (ICAM-1) on the development of both TFH cells and GC B cells in the context of an influenza infection. 

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Tyler McCaw

MD/PhD Student
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Degrees: Chemical Engineering B.S., Biochemistry B.S. both from NCSU; currently 3rd year MSTP
Research Interests: My focus is tumor immunology. One project looking at potential mechanisms of extending the successes enjoyed by CD19 chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) to other targets, namely solid tumors. Second project exploring the effects of HDACi on both malignant and immune cells in a triple negative breast cancer mouse model.

Jessica Peel

Jessica Peel
Graduate Student
Hometown: Walkertown, NC
University/Degree: North Carolina State University, Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences minors in mathematics and art and design

Chris Risley

Christopher Risley
Graduate Student
Hometown: Libertyville, IL
University/Degree: Centre College B.S. in Biology and German Studies

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Michael Schultz

Graduate Student
Hometown: Duluth, MN

University/Degree: University of Wisconsin Superior, BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, PhD candidate 
Research Interest: I currently work on two projects. My primary focus is on the transcription factor Eomes and how this factor may play a role in B-cell development, maintenance, and memory. My second project involves studying NAD biosynthesis in the parasite Schistosoma mansoni. The goal of this project is to find a new therapeutic approach for treating the deadly disease schistosomiasis.


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John Bradley

Research Assistant
Hometown: Prattville, AL
University: Auburn University of Montgomery, BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, PhD

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Beth Graf

Lab Manager
Hometown: Livonia, NY
University: Rochester Institute of Technology, BS, University of Rochester, MS

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Betty Mousseau

Research Associate

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Uma Mudunuru

Research Assistant
Hometown: Hyderabad, India
University: ANGRU College of Veterinary Science, Texas A & M University, M.V.Sc. MS

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Thomas Scott Simpler (Scott)

Research Assistant
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
University: University of South Alabama, BS

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Guang Yang

Research Associate
Hometown: Wuhan, China                   

University/Degree: Tongji Medical University, MS, MD

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Fen Zhou

Research Associate
Hometown: Shanghai, China

University/Degree: Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University, MS, MD


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Andre Ballesteros-Tato

Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology 
Hometown: Galicia, Spain 
University/Degree: University of Vigo, BS, Autonoma University, PhD

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Beatriz Leon-Ruiz 

Assistant Professor, Deparment of Microbiology 
Hometown: La Rioja, Spain 
University/Degree: Complutense University, BS, Autonoma University, PhD

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Tulin Dadali-Abel 

Graduate Student 
Hometown: Canandaigua, NY 
University: Rochester Institute of Technology, BS, University of Rochester, PhD Canidate
Research Interest: Does modulation of NAD metabolism by CD38 manipulation effect oxidative stress responses?
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Kristen Southworth

Research Assistant
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
University: University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Ji Young Hwang

Graduate Student
Hometown: Seoul, Korea 
University: Ewha Womans University, BS, University of Rochester, PhD Candidate

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Mike Fuller 
Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Clinical
Immunology and Rheumatology 
Hometown:Yuba City, CA 
University/Degree: Brigham Young University, BS, University of Alabama at Birmingham, PhD 

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Sara Stone 

MD/PhD Student 
Hometown: Hunstville, AL 
University: Auburn University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, MD/PhD Candidate 
Research Interests: My work focuses on transcriptional regulation of germinal center B cell differentiation and the influence of B cell cytokine production on germinal center B cell fate decisions.  Broadly, these studies aim to identify novel pathways which may drive lupus pathology, and to determine potential therapeutic interventions to blunt cytokine-driven B cell differentiation.