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Miller Lab Staff

Yu Wang

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 Miller 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.


Carly

Carly Dillen, Ph.D.

Current Post-doctoral Fellow

Carly received her B.S. in pharmacology from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY in 2007. She then completed her PhD in the lab of Matthew Frieman at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in Baltimore, MD in 2012. Her graduate work focused on the impact of macrophage polarization during SARS Coronavirus infection utilizing a STAT1-/- mouse model.  In this model, mice develop very severe disease and it was found, using a cre/lox system, that the defect in STAT1 signaling specifically in macrophages results in polarization to an alternative activation phenotype which strongly contributes to the enhanced disease phenotype.   Carly joined the Miller lab in March of 2013 and will be working on cutaneous immune responses against Staphylococcus aureus infection.


Nate Archer

Nathan Archer, Ph.D.

Current Post-doctoral Fellow

Nate received his B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. He continued his scientific endeavors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in Baltimore, MD and earned his PhD in 2013 working under Dr. Mark Shirtliff. His graduate work focused on elucidating the immune response to S. aureus nasal colonization.  He utilized a nasal carriage model in various knockout mice, and discovered clearance of colonization is a T-cell mediated response dependent upon IL-17A signaling and neutrophil influx. Nate joined the Miller lab in August of 2013 and will be working on host-pathogen interactions in a cutaneous model of Staphylococcus aureus infection.


Haiyun

Haiyun Liu, Ph.D.

Current Post-doctoral Fellow

Haiyun received her B.S. in biology from Wuhan University in P.R. China in 2009. She then completed her PhD in the lab of Tracy McGaha at the Georgia Regents University, in Augusta, GA in 2014. Her graduate work focused on the effect of amino acid metabolic stress in regulating immune cell functions, especially myeloid cells and macrophages. She mainly investigated the role of a tryptophan metabolizing enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) and discovered that IDO promotes macrophage activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine production in mouse sepsis model. Haiyun joined the Miller lab in January 2015 and has been studying the mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus colonization-induced skin inflammation in atopic dermatitis.


Roger Ortines

Roger Ortines, M.S.

Research Specialist II

Roger received his B.S. in Biology at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY in 2001.  He worked in the area of heart failure research at the University of Louisville before entering graduate school.  He studied Cellular and Molecular Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received his Master’s degree in 2009.  At the University of Maryland, Baltimore he studied the role of BDNF signaling and neuronal excitability as it relates to pain.  He joined the Miller lab in 2014 and has been working on developing therapies to combat Staphylococcus aureus infections after skin wounds.


Robert

Robert Miller, M.S.

Research Specialist

Robert received his B.S. in molecular bioscience from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS in 2013.  He began his scientific work prior to his undergraduate degree in the analytical chemical laboratory San Rafael Chemical in Salt Lake City, UT.  Following conferment of his undergraduate degree Robert took a position with OPX Biotechnologies in Boulder, CO as a fermentation researcher focusing on technologies to create bio-based chemicals from sugars using genetically modified bacteria.  In 2015 in joined the Miller lab and has been working on antimicrobial strategies to prevent and treat orthopaedic implant infections in rabbit models as well as using mouse models to gain insights into of specific human immune responses that could be targeted for more effective vaccination strategies against Staphylococus aureus. In the spring of 2017 he received a Master of Science in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.


Bret

Bret Pinsker, B.S.

Lab Technician

Bret joined the Miller lab in May 2015 as an undergraduate where he worked alongside Carly Page, Ph.D. in studying cutaneous immune responses against recurring Staphylococcus aureus infections. He received his B.A. with honors in behavioral biology in May 2017 from Johns Hopkins University and, since then, has begun working as a lab technician in the Miller lab, studying various therapies to help prevent and treat Staphylococcus aureus orthopaedic implant infections.


Mark

Mark Marchitto, B.S.

Medical Student

Mark received his B.S. with honors in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT in 2011. As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, he worked in the lab of Dr. Craig Nelson studying the genetic regulatory network of early embryogenesis in mouse embryonic stem cells.  In 2013, Mark began medical school at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Following his third year of medical school at George Washington, Mark joined the Miller lab as a medical student research fellow. During his time in the lab, he investigated the dynamics of IL-17A/F responses in immunity against community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infection in mice.


Advaitaa

Advaitaa Ravipati, M.S.

Medical Student

Advaitaa joined the Miller Lab in January of 2017. Prior, she received a dual degree in Biomedical Sciences and Public Health with a minor in Biophysics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Throughout her four years of undergrad she worked at the Byrd Institute of Alzheimer's Research studying amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's. Simultaneously, she conducted research at USF Music Research and Testing Lab for two years studying the effects of music and computer programs on the cognition of elderly adults. After graduating in 2016, she began a Master's of Science in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University that was completed in the Fall of 2017. She continues to work in the lab assisting with on-going studies.


Other former Miller Laboratory staff members:

  • Alyssa Ashbaugh, B.A., Former Research Technician, 2015-2017. Current Position: Medical Student, University of California, Irvine, CA.

  • Jesse Zheng, B.S., Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017. Current Position: Medical Student, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA.

  • Sarah Cai, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017. Current Position: undergraduate, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

  • Steven Lee, B.S., Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2016. Current Position: Medical Student, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY.

  • Alexander Tzomides, B.S., Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2015. Current Position: Dental Student, University of Maryland School of Dentistry, Baltimore, MD.

  • David Helfer, B.S., Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017. Current Position: Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

  • Abhishek Gami, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2016. Current Position: Undergraduate student, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, M.D.

  • Chris Falgons, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2016. Current Position: Undergraduate student, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, M.D.

  • Sara Analoui, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2016. Current Position: Consultant, IBM, New York, NY.

  • Grace Lee, B.S., Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2015. Current Position: Medical Student, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

  • Ungad Uppal, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017. Current Position: undergraduate student, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

  • Kunbin (Sam) Paek, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2016. Present position: Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, M.D.

  • Tracy Kao, Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2017. Current Position: undergraduate student, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

  • Andrew Tsai, B.S., Former Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2017. Current Position: Rotational Associate, D. E. Shaw Group, Baltimore, MD.

  • Robert Watkins, Ph. D, Former Post-doctoral Fellow 2013-2014. Current Position: Scientist, Food and Drug Administration, MD

  • Jonathan Shahbazian, Former Research Technician, 2012-2014. Current Position: Masters of Public Health Student, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore,  MD

  • Alexandra Stavrakis, M.D., Former Orthopaedic Research Fellow 2012-2013 and Medical Student Researcher 2008-2009. Current Position: Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA.

  • John Cho, Ph.D, Former Post-doctoral Fellow 2008-2012. Current Position: Present Position: Scientist, Celgene, Inc., Boston, MA.

  • Yi Guo, M.D., Ph.D., Former Staff Research Associate 2011-2012. Current Position: Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

  • Jared Niska, M.D., Former Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fellow 2011-2012. Current Position: Hand and Upper Extremity Fellow. Wash University, St. Louis.

  • Sheila Krishna, M.D., Former Dermatology Research Fellow 2010-2011. Current Position: Attending Dermatologist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA.

  • Jonathan Pribaz, M.D., Former Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fellow 2010-2011. Current Position: Assistant Professor, George Washington University

  • Nicholas Bernthal, M.D., Former Orthopaedic Surgery Research Fellow 2008-2010. Current Position: Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Romela Irene Ramos, M.S., Former Staff Research Associate 2009-2012. Current Position, Research Associate, Department of Translational Immunology, Dirks/Dougherty Laboratory for Cancer Research, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, CA.

  • Frank Hebroni, Former Medical Student Researcher 2010. Current Position: Resident in Radiology, UCLA Department of Radiology, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Eric Pietras, Ph.D., Former Graduate Student 2005-2009. Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Division of Hematology, Denver, CO.

  • Jamie Zussman, M.D., Former Medical Student Researcher 2007-2008. Current Position: Clinical Instructor, Dermatopathologist, University of Utah Health, Salt Lake, UT.

  • David Farzam, Former Undergraduate Student Researcher 2007-2008. Current Position: Medical Student, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

  • Kathleen Hirano, Ph.D., Former Undergraduate Student Researcher 2006-2007. Current Position: Present position: Associate Scientist at Novozymes, San Francisco, CA.

  • Lawrence Uricchio, Ph.D., Former Laboratory Assistant 2005-2007. Current Position: Post-doctoral research fellow, Department of Biology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

  • Bonnie Lee, M.D., Former Medical Student Researcher 2004-2005. Current Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Dermatology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

  • Catherine Gross, Former Undergraduate Student Researcher 2004-2005. Current Position: Scientist at Genalyte, Inc., San Diego, CA.

  • Miguel-Angel Gutierrez, Former Undergraduate Student Researcher 2003-2005. Current Position: Graduate Student in the Ram Raj Singh Laboratory, UCLA Division of Rheumatology, Los Angeles, CA.

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