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  • Ruoxi Pi

    Ruoxi Pi

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioI received my BS in Biological Sciences in Zhejiang University in China, where I conducted research in polyphasic taxonomy in anaerobic bacteria. I received my PhD in Yale University, where I studied the early events of retrovirus infection in animal models. Now in the Blish lab, I am investigating NK cell responses during HIV-1 infection and trying to manipulate the NK cells to target latently infected cells.

  • Kathleen Dantzler Press

    Kathleen Dantzler Press

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioThroughout my scientific training, I have focused on building an interdisciplinary background in molecular parasitology, biochemistry, immunology, and public health to provide me with the skills needed to pursue development of a successful malaria vaccine. My PhD research at Harvard centered on understanding immune responses to the developing transmission stages of malaria. By providing the first evidence for natural immunity to immature transmission stages, this work supports interrupting development and maturation of these parasites as a novel approach to transmission-blocking vaccine design. During my postdoctoral fellowship and in the future, I hope to continue researching host-pathogen interactions with applications to malaria vaccine development, while also being involved in global health work in the field. Currently my work focuses on understanding mechanisms of natural immunity to malaria and immune tolerance, particularly in the context of gamma delta T cell and monocyte responses.

  • Izabela Mauricio Rezende

    Izabela Mauricio Rezende

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    BioI have a B.S. in Biology, M.Sc. in Immunology and Infectious diseases, Ph.D. in Microbiology, and a broad background in virology/microbiology and molecular biology applied to viral infectious diseases. I have a vast knowledge of classical virology, molecular biology, phylogenetic analysis, serological, and molecular diagnosis. I am working on recent YF outbreaks, focusing on viral dynamics, ecology, diagnosis, and the investigation of virological, immunological, and clinical aspects during the course of infection. We have supported the hospital and Secretary of Health of Minas Gerais with some laboratory testing applied to diagnosis of YF, viral genotyping related to YF patients suspected to have adverse events following vaccination, and other analysis. We also have been working on dynamics of the outbreak, on the virological, epidemiological, and immunological aspects during the course of yellow fever. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we also supported the Brazilian Ministry of Health with the SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis in human samples and also in the investigation of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA in surfaces of density public areas of Belo Horizonte. Since Nov/2018 I had been an editor in the journal DocĂȘncia do Ensino Superior (RDES / GIZ / UFMG) and in Jan/2020 I became Editor-in-Chief.

  • Melissa Salm

    Melissa Salm

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsGlobal health, medical anthropology, and biosecurity with a focus on the One Health approach to infectious disease epidemiology, viral discovery and risk characterization of pandemic potential pathogens, global health governance, and transdisciplinary approaches to public health innovation

  • Daniel Zimmer

    Daniel Zimmer

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy research focuses on the scientific history of anthropogenic existential risk and its impact on Western political thought. I focus in particular on the development of massed thermonuclear arsenals during the 1950s, the rise of Earth System science and attendant ecological risks during the 1980s, and the anxieties surrounding the prospect of artificial super intelligence that took hold in the 2000s.