UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Division of Infectious Disease & Vaccinology

All emails are @berkeley.edu

Josefina Coloma, PhD

Josefina Coloma, PhD

Faculty Researcher
Exec. Director, Sustainable sciences institute (SSI)
PhD, UC Los Angeles

Ecuador

email: colomaj

Robert Beatty, PhD

Robert Beatty, PhD

Faculty Collaborator
Lecturer of immunology, mCB
PhD, UC Berkeley

email: prbeatty

I have conducted my PhD in the UK at the University of Glasgow studying the role of chemokines in the pathogenesis of viral encephalitis. Next I moved to New York city where I conducted my first Post doc in the lab of Dr. Jean Lim. In her lab I was working on the role of CCR5 during tick borne encephalitis virus infection and also investigated the role of monocytes in a mouse model of West Nile virus encephalitis.  I joined the Harris lab in November 2015 for my second post doc and I am now a member of the human immunology group. My main focus is to study the innate immune profile during dengue, Zika and chikungunya virus infection in pediatric cohort and hospital samples from Nicaragua. I am using a systems immunology approach to answer this question. Furthermore, I am also investigating the memory B cell response in clinical trial samples for a live-attenuated dengue vaccine developed by Takeda pharmaceuticals.  As a side project, I have also gained hand-on experience with diagnostic assays including the dengue and chikungunya inhibition ELISA and the Zika NS1-BOB assay. I am using these assays to conduct a seroprevalence study in the South of Ethiopia to identify the burden of arboviral infections. Furthermore I am also involved in lab-capacity building in Ethiopia as I am extremely passionate about global health.

I have conducted my PhD in the UK at the University of Glasgow studying the role of chemokines in the pathogenesis of viral encephalitis. Next I moved to New York city where I conducted my first Post doc in the lab of Dr. Jean Lim. In her lab I was working on the role of CCR5 during tick borne encephalitis virus infection and also investigated the role of monocytes in a mouse model of West Nile virus encephalitis.

I joined the Harris lab in November 2015 for my second post doc and I am now a member of the human immunology group. My main focus is to study the innate immune profile during dengue, Zika and chikungunya virus infection in pediatric cohort and hospital samples from Nicaragua. I am using a systems immunology approach to answer this question. Furthermore, I am also investigating the memory B cell response in clinical trial samples for a live-attenuated dengue vaccine developed by Takeda pharmaceuticals.

As a side project, I have also gained hand-on experience with diagnostic assays including the dengue and chikungunya inhibition ELISA and the Zika NS1-BOB assay. I am using these assays to conduct a seroprevalence study in the South of Ethiopia to identify the burden of arboviral infections. Furthermore I am also involved in lab-capacity building in Ethiopia as I am extremely passionate about global health.

Daniela Michlmayr, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, University of Glasgow

Innsbruck, Austria

email: dmic

Leah Katzelnick, PhD

Leah Katzelnick, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Global Health Equity Scholar
PhD, Cambridge University

Madison, Wisconsin

email: leah.katzelnick

I’m a visiting scholar at Harris Lab from University of São Paulo, Brazil. I have been studying the mechanism of antiviral action of natural and semi-synthetic compounds. My current research interests include dengue pathogenesis and search for antivirals to prevent/treat flavivirus infections.  The best free time for me is spent outdoors specially on the beach with my son. I prefer to be with family and friends than by myself.

I’m a visiting scholar at Harris Lab from University of São Paulo, Brazil. I have been studying the mechanism of antiviral action of natural and semi-synthetic compounds. My current research interests include dengue pathogenesis and search for antivirals to prevent/treat flavivirus infections.

The best free time for me is spent outdoors specially on the beach with my son. I prefer to be with family and friends than by myself.

Francielle Tramontini, PhD

Visiting Fellow
PhD, UF Santa Catarina

Florianópolis, SC, Brasil

email: francilletg (at) gmail (dot) com

I am Brazilian and undertook my DPhil (PhD) studies at the University of Oxford (UK) in Jan Rehwinkel & Christian Eggeling's labs exploring innate immune cytosolic receptors that can sense viral RNA presence, such as RIG-I-like receptors.  In the Harris lab, I am exploring the human immune responses to arboviruses. In one of my projects, I am investigating the correlates of immune protection during the natural course of dengue virus infection using our pediatric cohort in Nicaragua. My interests also include public health-related activities, such as research capacity building in developing countries.  Outside the lab, I enjoy hiking, biking, volleyball, watching independent international movies, and learning new languages.

I am Brazilian and undertook my DPhil (PhD) studies at the University of Oxford (UK) in Jan Rehwinkel & Christian Eggeling's labs exploring innate immune cytosolic receptors that can sense viral RNA presence, such as RIG-I-like receptors.

In the Harris lab, I am exploring the human immune responses to arboviruses. In one of my projects, I am investigating the correlates of immune protection during the natural course of dengue virus infection using our pediatric cohort in Nicaragua. My interests also include public health-related activities, such as research capacity building in developing countries.

Outside the lab, I enjoy hiking, biking, volleyball, watching independent international movies, and learning new languages.

Gregorio Dias, DPhil

postdoctoral fellow
DPhil, Oxford University

Belém, PA, Brasil

email: a.gregoriodias.jr

I am a molecular virologist and immunologist with a passion for understanding viral-host interactions. I conducted my undergraduate studies with Dr. Benhur Lee and Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno at UCLA, studying entry mechanisms of the deadly nipah virus. I obtained my PhD from the University of Chicago with Dr. Seungmin “Sam” Hwang studying antiviral mechanisms of interferon gamma and investigating viral triggers of complex autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease.  In the Harris lab I am investigating the role of the flaviviral NS1 proteins in inducing viral pathogenesis. My approach is to characterize how NS1 modulates endothelial cells to trigger endothelial hyperpermeability. I’m currently focused on identifying host factors required for NS1-induced endothelial hyperpermeability, which is critical for understanding the mechanism(s) behind this process.  Outside of lab I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, and hiking.

I am a molecular virologist and immunologist with a passion for understanding viral-host interactions. I conducted my undergraduate studies with Dr. Benhur Lee and Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno at UCLA, studying entry mechanisms of the deadly nipah virus. I obtained my PhD from the University of Chicago with Dr. Seungmin “Sam” Hwang studying antiviral mechanisms of interferon gamma and investigating viral triggers of complex autoimmune disorders such as celiac disease.

In the Harris lab I am investigating the role of the flaviviral NS1 proteins in inducing viral pathogenesis. My approach is to characterize how NS1 modulates endothelial cells to trigger endothelial hyperpermeability. I’m currently focused on identifying host factors required for NS1-induced endothelial hyperpermeability, which is critical for understanding the mechanism(s) behind this process.

Outside of lab I enjoy spending time with friends and family, traveling, and hiking.

Scott Biering, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, University of Chicago

Frazier Park, California

email: sbiering

GRADUATE STUDENTS

I am a doctoral student at the infectious Disease and Immunity program. I joined the Harris lab 5 years ago. I love to study human immunology in the context of infectious diseases, particularly B cell responses. My project aims to understand the development of type-specific and cross-reactive B cell responses in patients who have been infected with either Zika, dengue or with both viruses. I am focused on memory B cells (MBC) and at our projects we are studying quantitatively and qualitatively antibodies produced by MBC and we are trying to understand how these antibodies correlate with antibodies from serum responses that come from plasma cells. I am passionate about working in Global Health concerns and about giving back to the community.  My other passions are dancing, hiking, yoga and sharing the best quality time with my people.

I am a doctoral student at the infectious Disease and Immunity program. I joined the Harris lab 5 years ago. I love to study human immunology in the context of infectious diseases, particularly B cell responses. My project aims to understand the development of type-specific and cross-reactive B cell responses in patients who have been infected with either Zika, dengue or with both viruses. I am focused on memory B cells (MBC) and at our projects we are studying quantitatively and qualitatively antibodies produced by MBC and we are trying to understand how these antibodies correlate with antibodies from serum responses that come from plasma cells. I am passionate about working in Global Health concerns and about giving back to the community.

My other passions are dancing, hiking, yoga and sharing the best quality time with my people.

Paulina Andrade

PhD Candidate
MS, Wageningen University

Quito, Ecuador

email: paulinaandradeproano

I am a PhD student in the Infectious Diseases & Immunity program. Prior to Berkeley, I studied biology and international relations at Boston College and graduated in 2016, where I worked on Toxoplasma gondii and got very fascinated with host-pathogen interactions and pathogenesis.  In the Harris lab, I work on the viral determinants of flavivirus’ non-structural protein 1 (NS1) in binding and internalisation. Outside of lab I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and eating my way through a foreign city.

I am a PhD student in the Infectious Diseases & Immunity program. Prior to Berkeley, I studied biology and international relations at Boston College and graduated in 2016, where I worked on Toxoplasma gondii and got very fascinated with host-pathogen interactions and pathogenesis.

In the Harris lab, I work on the viral determinants of flavivirus’ non-structural protein 1 (NS1) in binding and internalisation. Outside of lab I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and eating my way through a foreign city.

Nicholas Lo

PhD Candidate
BS, BOston College

Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan

email: nicholas.lo

I am an epidemiologist and biostatistician in training. I am primarily interested in computationally intensive epidemiological analyses of infectious diseases in tropical settings.  For the last 4 years, I have been analyzing the epidemiological and spatio-temporal dimensions to dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and Zika virus infections and instances of disease manifestation in a large pediatric cohort in Managua, Nicaragua.  My research combines traditional epidemiological techniques with modern biostatistical and data-adaptive methods. In my spare time, I can be found geeking out to anime, reading piles of books, baking, and trying to become Twitter famous.

I am an epidemiologist and biostatistician in training. I am primarily interested in computationally intensive epidemiological analyses of infectious diseases in tropical settings.

For the last 4 years, I have been analyzing the epidemiological and spatio-temporal dimensions to dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and Zika virus infections and instances of disease manifestation in a large pediatric cohort in Managua, Nicaragua.

My research combines traditional epidemiological techniques with modern biostatistical and data-adaptive methods. In my spare time, I can be found geeking out to anime, reading piles of books, baking, and trying to become Twitter famous.

Fausto Bustos

PhD Candidate
SM, Harvard University

Tijuana, BC, Mexico

email: fbustos

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Marcus Wong

PhD Candidate
BS, UC Irvine

Monterey Park, California

email: mpwong

LAB STAFF

Magelda Montoya

Magelda Montoya

Assistant Specialist
BS, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua

Matagalpa, Nicaragua

mageldamontoya (at) gmail (dot) com

Parnal+Narvekar
I am two years out of Brandeis University, majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy.  I am currently helping out the immunology team, running assays to analyze dengue virus and the neutralizing antibodies involved. I am also particularly interested in bioinformatics and public health.  In my free time, I am an avid follower of soccer and basketball, primarily Everton FC, the best team in England. I am an avid runner, hiker, camper, and biker, pretty much anything outdoor and a part time philosopher.

I am two years out of Brandeis University, majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy.

I am currently helping out the immunology team, running assays to analyze dengue virus and the neutralizing antibodies involved. I am also particularly interested in bioinformatics and public health.

In my free time, I am an avid follower of soccer and basketball, primarily Everton FC, the best team in England. I am an avid runner, hiker, camper, and biker, pretty much anything outdoor and a part time philosopher.

Colin Warnes

LAB MANAGER & Technician
BS, Brandeis University

San Jose, California

email: cwarnes

Parnal Narvekar

Research Associate
MS, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

email: parnal.narvekar

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

Jeffrey Li  Public Health ‘20 Miami, FL  email: jeff.li

Jeffrey Li
Public Health ‘20
Miami, FL

email: jeff.li

Anthony Mauriello  MCB Immunology ‘21 Mountain View, CA  email: anthony.mauriello

Anthony Mauriello
MCB Immunology ‘21
Mountain View, CA

email: anthony.mauriello

Jasmine Larrick  MCB Biochemistry ‘20 Woodside, CA  email: jasminewlarrick

Jasmine Larrick
MCB Biochemistry ‘20
Woodside, CA

email: jasminewlarrick

Sophie Blanc  MCB Immunology ‘21 Templeton, CA  email: sophieblanc

Sophie Blanc
MCB Immunology ‘21
Templeton, CA

email: sophieblanc

Laura Gomez  MCB Immunology ‘20 Bogotá, Colombia  email: lauracgm98

Laura Gomez
MCB Immunology ‘20
Bogotá, Colombia

email: lauracgm98