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Archer Lab Members

  • Nathan K. Archer, Ph.D.

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Nathan K. Archer, Ph.D., earned his B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and he earned his Ph.D. degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Archer performed his post-doctoral research fellowship in the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology. Dr. Archer’s research involves the study of innate and adaptive immune responses in the skin. He has been an NIH-funded investigator since 2018. In 2018, Dr. Archer joined the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology as an Assistant Professor to continue his research involving cutaneous immunology, host-microbe interactions, and biofilm-related infections.

    Over the years, Dr. Archer has given lectures about his research at the Society of Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meetings in 2017 and 2019, the Immunology Annual Meeting in 2017, and at international scientific meetings, including the International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections (France, 2012) and the International Conference on Biofilms (China, 2019).

    Nathan Archer
  • Yu Wang, Ph.D.

    Research Associate- Lab Manager

    Yu Wang received her Ph.D. at Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.R.China in 2006. Her graduate school work involved the gene regulation during cell differentiation and cell division with specific emphasis on the regulation of gene expression during heterocyst differentiation and cell division in Anabaena. From 2007 to 2013, she has received her postdoctoral training in Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During this period, her research interest had been focusing on the cellular function of protein Huntingtin and Rho family small GTPases in cell directed migration and cell cytokinesis. Yu joined the Archer lab in March 2013, and she has been working on using antimicrobial polymer and nanoparticle coatings to prevent orthopaedic implant infections, and investigating wound healing using in vivo models of wounding.

    Yu Wang
  • Martin Prince Alphonse, M.Sc., Ph.D.

    Current Post-doctoral Fellow

    Martin received his B.Sc. in Microbiology and M.Sc. Biotechnology from Bharathiyar University, TN, India. He further obtained his second M.Sc. in Immunology from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. His graduate work focused on the regulation of high affinity IgE receptor in human neutrophils. He continued his scientific endeavors at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada and under Dr. Rae Yeung he earned his PhD in Immunology in 2017. His Ph.D. graduate work focused on the regulation of calcium mediated NLRP3 inflammasome activation in Kawasaki disease. Martin joined the Archer lab in July of 2018 and will be working on inflammasome activation and immune responses against Staphylococcus aureus infection.

    Martin Prince Alphonse
  • Sabrina Nolan, Ph.D.

    Current Post-doctoral Fellow

    Sabrina received her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences at Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, U.K., and M.Sc. in Biology and Immunology at American University, Washington D.C. Her graduate work focused on the use of lipids by the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii under Dr. Isabel Coppens at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. There, she earned her PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in 2016. Sabrina joined the Archer lab in September 2020 and will be working on the immune responses that promote atopic dermatitis skin inflammation and allergic responses upon S. aureus epicutaneous exposure.

    Sabrina Nolan
  • Christine Youn, M.S.

    Current Graduate Student

    Christine received her B.Sc. in Biology at Emory University College of Pharmacy, Atlanta and M.Sc. in Pharmacology at Seoul National University College of Pharmacy, Seoul, S. Korea. Her masters work focused on antitoxin and vaccine efficacy for three different types of biological toxins. Christine joined the Cellular and Molecular Medicine PhD program in 2018 and the Archer lab in 2019 for her graduate thesis work on understanding the host defense role of TNF and STAT3 against S. aureus skin infections.

    Christine Youn
  • Dustin Dikeman, M.A.

    Research Specialist II

    Dustin received his B.S. in Molecular Biology at Salem-Teikyo University in Salem, WV in 2000. While there, he worked in the area of inflorescence meristems. He worked deafness research as a lab technician at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edward’s School of Medicine before entering graduate school. He studied Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received his Master’s degree in 2005. He joined the Archer lab in 2018 and has been working on Staphylococcus aureus infections of the skin and bones.

    Dustin Dikeman
  • Nicholas Orlando, B.S.

    Current Masters Student

    Nicholas received his B.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins University, MD in 2020. He is currently working on his Master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Archer lab where he studies the role of eosinophils in Staphylococcus aureus skin inflammation and host defense.

    Nicholas Orlando

Other former Archer Laboratory staff members:

  • Garrett Patrick, B.S., Former Graduate Student 2018-2020. Current Position: Medical student, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
  • Advaitaa Ravipati, M.S., Former Research Technician 2018-2019. Current Position: Medical student, University of Miami, Miami, FL.
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