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Lab Members - Graduate Students

  • 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.

  • 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. Along with Dr. Fitzgerald, he is co-mentored by Ann Rothstein.

  • 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. 

  • Shrutika Mintri

    Shrutika Mintri

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Shrutika is a PhD student who joined the lab in 2020. She received her Masters in Pharmacology from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Her current research is focused on understanding the role of STING pathway in autoimmune dieases such as systemic lupus erythmatosus (SLE).

  • Ivanna Molina Lopez

    Ivanna Molina Lopez

    Academic Role: PREP Student

    Programs: Graduate Student

    Ivanna received her B.S. in Microbiology with a minor in General Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. She joined Fitzgerald’s lab in July 2020 as a student from the UMMS Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). Her research is focused on innate immune RNA sensing pathways.

  • 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.