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  • Ronan Arthur

    Ronan Arthur

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioHow does a changing epidemic landscape impact people's perceptions of risk and their behavior? How might these changes impact disease dynamics? These questions are more complex than they seem because they involve endogenous, interacting elements in a system.

    Ronan studies the interaction between the environment, infectious disease dynamics, and human behavior change. He utilizes techniques from geography and global health in empirical work on Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia. He also utilizes mathematical biology.and nonlinear dynamics tools to model these interacting complex systems.

  • Siavash Azari

    Siavash Azari

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioI am a postdoctoral researcher from Tehran, Iran. I joined Dr. Shirit Einav's lab in September 2021. The focus of my research is on developing novel, selective inhibitors of the Numb-Associated Kinases (NAK) as broad-spectrum antivirals. These inhibitors are potent against multiple unrelated viruses which our lab has shown rely on members of the NAK family for effective replication, including dengue virus (DENV), Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus (VEEV) and SARS-CoV2. I am also interested in discovering novel substrates of NAKs and better characterizing the signaling pathways they regulate in cell biology and viral infection.

    My PhD dissertation under Dr. Stephanie Seveau's supervision at The Ohio State University was focused on the role of fetal placental macrophages in mother-to-fetus transmission of listeriosis. My master’s thesis at Qazvin University of Medical Sciences in Qazvin, Iran, was on a modified derivative of rotavirus toxin NSP4 as a candidate for vaccine production. I enjoy doing translational research that can be used as a stepping stone toward development of therapeutics to battle human diseases.

    My hobbies are: Learning foreign languages, cooking, traveling, exploring food from different cultures, and inventing new cocktails with tequila!

    Fun fact: To do research at Stanford, I moved by driving 2,500 miles across the country from Columbus, Ohio to San Jose, California, and had the greatest road trip of my life!

  • Kathryn Brink

    Kathryn Brink

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioKathryn Brink is a postdoctoral scholar in the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), where she works with Megan Palmer and David Relman. Kathryn is a synthetic biologist by training. During her PhD, Kathryn studied bacterial two-component systems (TCSs), signal transduction pathways that bacteria use to sense and respond to changes in their environment. TCSs play important roles in host-pathogen interactions and can be engineered for medical and environmental biosensing applications. In her thesis work, Kathryn developed engineering and screening approaches to discover and characterize the stimuli that activate these pathways.

    At CISAC, Kathryn's research focuses on risk management and assessment in biological science and engineering, with the goals of improving the governance of biological research and reducing the risk of its misuse. She investigates factors associated with attention to risk among scientists and engineers and studies risk assessment processes in the life sciences.

  • Arianna Celis Luna

    Arianna Celis Luna

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioArianna I. Celis Luna is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. David Relman. Her research will investigate the role of the GI microbiome on iron absorption during pregnancy. She aims is to elucidate a functional role for the microbiome during this critical time period by combining metatranscriptomic and metametabolomic data from in vivo samples with biochemical data from in vitro samples. She hopes to shed light on how iron-deficiency anemia, still affecting ~50% of pregnant women in developed countries, can be more efficiently treated or prevented.

    Arianna received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Montana State University in 2018. She worked in the lab of Dr. Jennifer DuBois where her research focused on how, at the molecular level, bacteria build iron into the versatile molecule known as heme and break it apart again. Her work examined how these reactions are critical for both pathogenic species, such as Staphylococcus aureus, and the resident bacteria of the digestive tract.

    Arianna’s work encompasses 6 published papers in journals like the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and ACS Biochemistry. She has presented her work in several conferences, including Gordon Research Conferences and the ASBMB Annual Meeting, and at Montana State University as part of the Kopriva Science Seminar Series after receiving the Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship.