Brenda joined the Gewurz lab in 2021 after recently graduating from Trinity College with a double major in Biology and Public Policy & Law. Brenda pursued her undergraduate research in the Toscano lab at Trinity, where she focused on invertabrate ecology.
Yin did her doctoral studies at Kansas State in Pathobiology with Dr. Jianfa Bai. Yin’s studies focused on developing novel assays for detection of emerging viruses, including African swine fever virus, Seneca valley virus 1 and foot-and-mouth disease virus. She characterized genetic diversity of emergine porcine circoviruses. She also characterized genome diversity and field detection of the nidovirus porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Yin’s work lead to the development of novel diagnostic tests currently in use.
Laura joins us following her PhD studies at Princeton, where she studied human cytomegalovirus in the lab of Ileana Cristea. Laura used whole cell proteomic profiling to characterize roles of protein acetylation in host defense and HCMV replication and characterized roles of lamin B1 acetylation. She also studied the temporal dynamics of complex formation during HCMV infection.
Yifei joins us after completing PhD studies with Sanjay Reddy and Blanca Lupiani at Texas A&M. Yifei’s doctoral studies focused on the alpha-herpesvirus Marek’s Disease Virus, an important avian tumor virus. Yifei studied roles of the US3 kinase, the MEQ oncoprotein and miRNAs.
Jewel is a summer research intern visiting from University of Rhode Island. Jewel is a member of the Harvard SHURP program and working with Eric and Eshaani to study the the ferroptosis pathway in EBV-transformed cells .
Eshaani did her doctoral studies in virology with Dr. Haitao Guo at University of Indiana and subsequently at University of Pittsburgh studying Hepatitis B virus (HBV) host/pathogen interactions. Eshaani found that HBV precore protein p22 inhibits alpha interferon signaling by blocking stat nuclear translocation.
Brunno Caetano is pursuing his graduate studies with Deilson Elgui de Oliveira in Brazil, and is spending one year in the Gewurz lab for collaborative studies of EBV/host interactions in B-cell lytic replication
Prior to matriculating in the Harvard Graduate Program in Virology, Stephanie did research in Alan Chiang’s laboratory on EBV lytic reactivation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Stephanie is pursuing proteomic analyses of EBV host-pathogen interactions and studying a novel innate immune pathway subverted by EBV in newly infected B-cells and cells undergoing lytic replication.