Member, Maternal & Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI)
Honors & Awards
Pre-doctoral Fellow, American Heart Association (2015-2017)
Graduate Student of Distinction, University of Nebraska Medical Center (2015)
Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, University of Dhaka (2013)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Nebraska Medical Center (2018)
Master of Science, University Of Dhaka (2013)
Bachelor of Science, University Of Dhaka (2012)
Jennifer Frankovich, Postdoctoral Research Mentor
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Immunological pathophysiology of Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome
Elizabeth Mellins, (2/13/2018)
High Dimensional Analyses of Circulating Immune Cells in Psoriatic Arthritis Detects Elevated Phosphorylated STAT3.
Frontiers in immunology
1800; 12: 758418
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis, affecting up to 40% of patients with psoriasis. Constitutive expression by CD4+ T cells of an active form of STAT3, a signal transducer and transcription factor, has been shown to induce many of the major features of PsA in an animal model. We used high dimensional mass cytometry (CyTOF) to probe ex-vivo levels of phosphorylated STAT3 (pSTAT3) in circulating immune cell subpopulations from PsA patients during active and inactive states. We evaluated the frequency of 16 immune cell populations and the levels of the activated forms of STAT3 (pSTAT3) and, for comparison, STAT1 (pSTAT1) and Src (pSrc) in whole blood fixed shortly after collection. In addition to PsA patients, we studied active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Increased levels of pSTAT3 were found in all the CD4+ T cell subsets analyzed, specifically, Th1, Th2, Th17, T follicular helper (Tfh) and T regulatory (Treg) as well as in CD14+CD16- (classical) monocytes from active PsA patients compared to inactive patients. After correcting for body mass index (BMI), smoking and conventional disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (c-DMARDs), levels of pSTAT3 levels remained increased in Th1 and Tfh CD4+ T cells, and in CD14+CD16- monocytes from active patients compared to inactive patients. No differences between the patient groups were observed for pSTAT1 or pSrc. No differences were found between the active PsA and active RA groups after correction for multiple testing. During active PsA, circulating Th1 and Tfh CD4+ T cells, and CD14+CD16- monocytes expressing high levels of pSTAT3 may play a role in PsA pathophysiology, perhaps by migration to inflamed sites.
View details for DOI 10.3389/fimmu.2021.758418
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Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Is Characterized by a Novel Subset of Monocytes with Markers Associated with Crossing the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB)
WILEY. 2020: 262–63
View details for Web of Science ID 000542687800151
EHD4 is a novel regulator of urinary water homeostasis.
FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
2017; 31 (12): 5217-5233
The Eps15-homology domain-containing (EHD) protein family comprises 4 members that regulate endocytic recycling. Although the kidney expresses all 4 EHD proteins, their physiologic roles are largely unknown. This study focused on EHD4, which we found to be expressed differentially across nephron segments with the highest expression in the inner medullary collecting duct. Under baseline conditions,Ehd4-/-[EHD4-knockout (KO)] mice on a C57Bl/6 background excreted a higher volume of more dilute urine than control C57Bl/6 wild-type (WT) mice while maintaining a similar plasma osmolality. Urine excretion after an acute intraperitoneal water load was significantly increased in EHD4-KO mice compared to WT mice, and although EHD4-KO mice concentrated their urine during 24-h water restriction, urinary osmolality remained significantly lower than in WT mice, suggesting that EHD4 plays a role in renal water handling. Total aquaporin 2 (AQP2) and phospho-S256-AQP2 (pAQP2) protein expression in the inner medulla was similar in the two groups in baseline conditions. However, localization of both AQP2 and pAQP2 in the renal inner medullary principal cells appeared more dispersed, and the intensity of apical membrane staining for AQP2 was reduced significantly (by ∼20%) in EHD4-KO mice compared to WT mice in baseline conditions, suggesting an important role of EHD4 in trafficking of AQP2. Together, these data indicate that EHD4 play important roles in the regulation of water homeostasis.-Rahman, S. S., Moffitt, A. E. J., Trease, A. J., Foster, K. W., Storck, M. D., Band, H., Boesen, E. I. EHD4 is a novel regulator of urinary water homeostasis.
View details for DOI 10.1096/fj.201601182RR
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Outside the mainstream: novel collecting duct proteins regulating water balance
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-RENAL PHYSIOLOGY
2016; 311 (6): F1341-F1345
Body water balance is critical to survival and, therefore, very tightly regulated by the hypothalamus and kidney. A key mechanism involved in this process, the arginine vasopressin-mediated phosphorylation and apical membrane insertion of aquaporin 2 in the collecting duct, has been extensively studied; however, with the increased availability of conditional knockout animals, several novel collecting duct proteins have recently been implicated in water homeostasis. In this Mini-Review, we briefly discuss these novel proteins and their roles in the regulation of water homeostasis.
View details for DOI 10.1152/ajprenal.00488.2016
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