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Lab Members - Graduate Students

  • Jeffrey Zhou

    Jeffrey Zhou

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Jeff is an MD/PhD student who joined the lab in 2018. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Columbia University, NY, with a concentration in Computer Science. His current research focus is on human inflammatory innate immune pathways that predispose patients to autoimmune disease. 

  • Pontus Orning

    Pontus Orning

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Pontus is a visiting PhD Student from NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. He received his MSc in Chemistry and Biotechnology from NTNU. He is a lab member since 2012 working on inflammatory caspases and gasdermin D in the immune response to  bacterial infection.

  • Mona Motwani

    Mona Motwani

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Mona joined the lab in 2015. Her research is focussed on autoimmunity examining the role of the STING pathway in lupus and the impact of gain of function mutations in the adapter protein STING in animal models. 

  • Xuqiu Lei

    Xuqiu Lei

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Xuqiu joined the lab in 2017. Her research is focussed on leucine rich repeat proteins in innate immunity. 

  • Kevin Gao

    Kevin Gao

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Kevin is an MD/PhD student who joined the lab in 2018. He received his B.Sc in Biochemistry from Tufts University with a minor in Mathematics. His research is focused on the role of the STING pathway in T cells and the implications of STING activation on autoimmune disease. 

  • Mingqi Dong

    Mingqi Dong

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Mingqi received his B.Sc. in Biological Sciences from Peking University, China. He joined the lab in 2019. He is working on immunometabolism.

  • Ankit Bhatta

    Ankit Bhatta

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Ankit received his B.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the John Jay College, City University of New York. He is working on regulation of innate immune signaling by micropeptides and lincRNAs. 

  • Shiuli Agarwal

    Shiuli Agarwal

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Shiuli is a lab member since 2014 working on lincRNAs in nucleic acid sensing pathways.