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Asma Nusrat, MD

Aldred S. Warthin Professor, Mucosal Inflammation and Epithelial Pathobiology; Director of Experimental Pathology
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Short Bio  Education  Administrative Appointments  NCBI

Dr. Nusrat’s research has focused on investigating mechanisms that orchestrate epithelial barrier regulation, mucosal homeostasis and repair in inflammatory disorders. Epithelial barrier function is achieved by a series of intercellular junctions that include an apical tight junction, subjacent adherens junction and desmosomes. We are exploring molecular mechanisms by which inflammatory mediators alter intercellular junction protein complexes and epithelial barrier function. In addition, ongoing studies are elucidating the influence of inflammatory and pro-resolution mediator signaling on epithelial homeostasis, wound repair and restoration of barrier function. Signaling down-stream of G-protein coupled receptors including formyl peptide receptors in response to protein and lipid pro-resolution ligands that coordinate intestinal mucosal wound repair are being investigated.


MD, University of Punjab (1982)
Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (1987-1989)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (1989-1992)

Administrative Appointments

Instructor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1992-1996)
Staff Pathologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA (1992-1997)
Staff Consultant, Gastrointestinal Pathology, Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA (1993-1996)
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1996-1997)
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (1997-2003)
Associate Professor of Pathology (Tenure), Emory University, Atlanta, GA (2003-2007)
Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology (Tenure), Emory University, Atlanta, GA (2007-2015)
AS Warthin Professor (Tenure) and Director of Experimental Pathology, University of Michigan (2015-present)

Funding Sources

P.I., NIH, “Intestinal epithelial tight junction structure function”, RO1-DK59888
P.I., NIH, “Intestinal mucosal wound resealing in IBD”, RO1-DK055679
Co.I., NIH “Forml peptide receptors as mediators of intestinal mucosal homeostasis”, RO1-DK089763
Co-P.I., DoD, “CLMP-mediated regulation of intestinal homeostasis in IBD”, PRMP


Charles A. Parkos, MD, PhD

Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair, Mucosal Inflammation and Epithelial Pathobiology
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Short Bio  Education  Administrative Appointments  NCBI

Dr. Parkos’ research interests focus on basic mechanisms of epithelial-immune cell interactions and the impact on mucosal homeostasis. Using in-vitro and in-vivo approaches, the lab is studying the molecular basis of leukocyte migration across mucosal epithelia as well as the impact of inflammation on epithelial barrier function as observed in pathologic conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Dr. Parkos and his team have elucidated the roles of many epithelial and neutrophil proteins in regulating leukocyte trafficking across the intestinal mucosa that include adhesion/signaling molecules such as CD11b/CD18, CD47, SIRPalpha, junctional adhesion molecules (JAMs), and cell surface glycans. Recent studies by the group have provided important insights into fundamental mechanisms of how these receptors regulate mucosal homeostasis during health and disease. Current projects in the laboratory are using complementary in-vitro and in-vivo approaches to examine the role of JAM family members in the regulation of epithelial barrier and leukocyte migration, characterizing the signaling events that occur between leukocytes and epithelial cells that serve to control leukocyte transmigration and epithelial permeability, and elucidating the structural basis of protein interactions that regulate these responses.


BA, University of California - San Diego (1979)
PhD, University of California - San Diego/Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation (1987)
MD, University of California - San Diego (1987)
Pathology Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 1988-1991

Administrative Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (1992-1997)
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (1997-2003)
Professor, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (2003-2014)
Director, Emory University MD/PhD training Program (2007-2014)
Vice Chair, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (2008-2014)
Carl V. Weller Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI (2014-present)

Funding Sources

P.I., NIH, “Neutrophil interactions with intestinal epithelium,” RO1-DK72564.
P.I., NIH, "Structure function studies on intestinal epithelial JAM" R01-DK61379.
P.I., NIH, "Intestinal Inflammation: Signaling proteins and the rate of PMN transmigration" R01-DK079392.
Co-P.I., DoD, “CLMP-mediated regulation of intestinal homeostasis in IBD”, PRMP

Veronica Azcutia-Criado, PhD

Research Investigator
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Azcutia-Criado is a Research Investigator in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan. She received a BS in Biology in 2002 from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. She earned her PhD degree in Pharmacology from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, where she studied the pathophysiology of the vascular endothelium under diabetic and inflammatory conditions. Her postdoctoral research as vascular immunologist with Dr. Bill Luscinskas at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School focused on leukocytes and endothelium interactions and leukocyte recruitment during inflammatory processes. She joined the Parkos lab in 2015 and is currently exploring regulatory mechanisms of neutrophil infiltration during mucosal intestinal inflammation.

Jennifer Brazil, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Brazil has a PhD in Medicine and Molecular Science, having completed a doctoral dissertation at the Conway Institute of Biomolecular Medicine in University College Dublin, Ireland studying the dynamic neutrophilic response to inflammatory stimuli. In 2008, she joined the lab of Dr. Nancy Louis as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the pathobiology group at the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. During this initial postdoctoral period, Dr. Brazil characterized the GM35 antibody and its attenuation of neutrophil transepithelial migration through binding to the carbohydrate structure sialyl Lewis A on epithelial CD44v6 (see publications link below). Because of the relevance of her work to inflammation associated mucosal tissue damage, in 2012, Dr. Brazil was awarded a research fellowship award from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and in 2014 she was successful in her application for a career development award from the same funding agency. In 2014, Dr. Brazil joined the Parkos lab in the Department of Pathology, Emory University as a Research Associate and subsequently accepted a junior faculty position as a Research Investigator in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan. Most recently, Dr. Brazil’s work has focused on characterizing the role of PMN expressed Lewis glycans during neutrophil transepithelial migration and during neutrophil function in inflamed intestinal mucosa.

Shuling Fan, MD

Assistant Research Scientist
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Short Bio

Dr. Shuling Fan is an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. Dr. Shuling Fan earned her MD degree from Medical College of Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Prior to her appointment at the University of Michigan, she practiced medicine (nephrology) in China for 10 years. Her research interests focus on molecular mechanisms of regulating epithelial tight junction assembling and signaling. She is currently working on the phosphorylation of JAM-A, a key barrier molecule for intestinal epithelial cells in regulating intestinal barrier function, and its functional roles in IBD.

Mizuho Hasegawa, PhD

Research Investigator
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Short Bio

Dr. Mizuho Hasegawa has a strong background in molecular biology, immunology, and microbiology. She earned a PhD in Medical Science from Kanazawa University in Japan, studying the molecular signaling of pattern recognition receptors in the host innate immune system. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Inohara/Nuñez lab at the University of Michigan Medical School, her research was seeking to understand several aspects of the host-bacteria interaction at the cellular and molecular level. In 2018, she joined the Parkos/Nusrat lab as a Research Investigator. She is currently interested in mechanisms of intestinal inflammation and mucosal repair, specifically, investigating how the host immunity regulates wound healing and barrier function in the intestine under normal and inflammatory conditions. She is hoping to make significant contributions to help solve fundamental problems of modern medicine and biology.


Anny-Claude Luissint, PhD

Research Investigator
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Luissint completed her PhD in cell biology from Paris Descartes University (Paris, France) studying the contribution of Junctional Adhesion Molecule (JAM) family member, JAM-L in regulating leukocyte transendothelial migration (group of Dr. Sandrine Bourdoulous, Cochin institute, Paris, France). As a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Pierre-Olivier Couraud’s lab in Paris, she focused on the blood-brain barrier and worked on deciphering molecular mechanisms by which the tight junction protein Claudin-5 regulates permeability of brain microvascular endothelium. In 2013, Dr Luissint joined the Parkos & Nusrat lab as a postdoctoral research fellow where she worked on projects that include: (a) deciphering the intrinsic roles of leukocytes versus epithelial expressed Junctional Adhesion Molecule-A in controlling intestinal mucosal homeostasis and inflammation; (b) characterize the contributions of Coxsackie and Adenovirus Receptor (CAR)-like membrane Protein (CLMP) in the regulation of intestinal mucosal homeostasis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). She also contributed to collaborative projects on the role of the desmosomal cadherins and cell-surface glycoprotein CD47 in the regulation of intestinal mucosal barrier repair and resolution of inflammation. As a junior faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan, Dr Luissint will continue to study JAM family of epithelial cell adhesion molecules and how they regulate the intestinal epithelial barrier function and leukocyte migration under physiological and inflammatory conditions. Dr Luissint is an Associate faculty member of the F1000 Faculty and a member of the American Society of Investigative Pathology (ASIP) where she has been awarded for her research work.


Miguel Quiros, PhD

Research Investigator
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Short Bio

Dr. Miguel Quiros did his undergrad studies in microbiology at the University of Costa Rica. He obtained his PhD in Molecular and Cellular Physiology at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico City, Mexico. During his PhD he specialized in epithelial cell junctions and their physiological regulation. His research focuses on the resolution phase of intestinal inflammation. His current projects include: (a) establishing a defined matrix to grow mini-guts with the potential to be engrafted into ulcerated tissue from IBD patients and promote epithelial recovery; (b) characterizing the kinetics of cytokine release during the resolution phase of inflammation and describe the cascade of events that lead to recovery of homeostasis; (c) studying the effect of specialized pro-resolution mediators on intestinal epithelial wound healing. He is a member of the American Society of Investigative Pathology where he has been recognized with multiple travel awards to attend scientific meetings to present his work. Dr. Quiros also has a Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) research fellowship award and was awarded with the CCFA 2016 Shanti Sitaraman, MD, PhD, Young IBD Investigator Award for his research on the role of Resolvin E1 on intestinal epithelial wound healing.


Vicky Garcia-Hernandez, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Vicky Garcia-Hernandez received her PhD degree in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV, Mexico) where she studied the regulation of claudins in the epithelia and she was an instructor in the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico City. Dr. Garcia-Hernandez is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Nusrat lab. Her professional interests focus on the epithelia function and regulation, cellular signaling and physiopathology during inflammatory conditions. Her current projects include: (1) the role of stem cell factor, (2) the regulation of tight junction proteins, and (3) the importance of stem cells in recovery after inflammation.


Shusaku Hayashi, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio

Dr. Shusaku Hayashi obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Kyoto Pharmaceutical University in Japan, studying the mechanisms of the gastric epithelial restitution after injury. In 2010, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Makoto Kadowaki as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Natural Medicine at University of Toyama in Japan. Dr. Hayashi’s research has focused on the understanding of IBD pathophysiology using in-vitro and in-vivo experimental models. He is exploring mechanisms of intestinal mucosal repair and ideas that could be developed for therapy of IBD patients. Currently, he is interested in the epithelium-immune cell crosstalk in mucosal homeostasis and wound repair after intestinal inflammation. In 2019, Dr. Hayashi joined Parkos & Nusrat lab as a postdoctoral fellow to understand functions of intestinal epithelial barrier in health and disease with support from JSPS KAKENHI funding.


Matthias Kelm, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio

Dr. Matthias Kelm is a physician scientist who received his MD from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, and who has a strong interest in leukocyte migration and intestinal barrier properties under inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases. Prior to his appointment in the Parkos lab at the University of Michigan, he worked as a surgical resident in the Department of General Surgery at the University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Germany, and was affiliated with the research group of Dr. Nicolas Schlegel. Dr. Kelm currently studies the multistep process of transepithelial migration of leukocytes under inflammatory conditions using intravital microscopy and focuses on the role of Lewis glycans during this process.


Arturo Raya-Sandino, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio

Dr. Arturo Raya-Sandino is interested in the participation of the claudin-23, an integral tight junction (TJ) protein, in the intestinal epithelial physiology under physiological and pathological conditions. He did his undergraduate studies in Chemist, Pharmacist and Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and received the “Jacobo Gómez Lara” award for his bachelor thesis entitled “Biochemical characterization of the glucose transport in corn embryonic tissue”. Arturo received a MSc from the Department of Physiology, Biophysics and Neuroscience at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav, Mexico) under the mentorship of Dr. Lorenza González-Mariscal and won the “2013 Langebio award” of the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (LANGEBIO) at the Cinvestav-Irapuato as co-author of the work "The cytokine response of U937-derived macrophages infected through antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) of dengue virus disrupts cell apical junctional complexes and increases vascular permeability". His PhD studies were done in the laboratory of Dr. Lorenza González-Mariscal, where he found that the TJ protein ZO-2, a TJ scaffold protein, is a crucial regulator of cytoarchitecture and barrier function in epithelial cells. Dr. Raya-Sandino is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Asma Nusrat and Dr. Charles Parkos and he has collaborated on 9 scientific publications regarding the intestinal physiology.


Sydney Smith

Graduate Student
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Short Bio

Sydney is a student in the Immunology PhD program who has a strong interest in neutrophil transmigration across the inflamed intestinal epithelium. Sydney graduated from the University of San Diego receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate Sydney carried out an independent project studying endolysosomal dysfunction in a photoreceptor model of Alzheimer's Disease in Drosophila melanogaster. Currently Sydney is working on understanding the homeostatic role of epithelial tight junction proteins previously implicated in neutrophil transmigration.


Dylan Fink

Research Technician Senior
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Short Bio

Dylan Fink received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. While completing his undergraduate degree Dylan worked for 4 years under Dr. Zia Shao in the department of Radiology assisting with research projects including focusing on a project developing gold nanoparticle and studying their applications for targeting of different tissues. Dylan now manages cell culture for the Parkos and Nusrat labs in addition to assisting with projects studying wound healing in the gut, neutrophil recruitment and transmigration, and epithelial biology.


Justin Keeney

Research Technician General Associate
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Short Bio

Justin Keeney received his Bachelors of Science in Biomolecular Science from the University of Michigan in 2016 and is currently a Research Technician General Associate in the Parkos-Nusrat group. His professional interests have been focused on the study of ingested silver nanoparticles as they travel through the human gastrointestinal tract as well as the study of intestinal epithelial response in regards to wound healing. He currently assists with various projects studying epithelial biology and pathogenesis of mucosal inflammation in the gut. Outside of the lab Justin likes to play sports, cook, and go on adventures, such as mountain biking and white water rafting among other things.


Pam Lincoln

Laboratory Research Specialist Intermediate
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Short Bio

Pamela Lincoln graduated from Michigan State University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology. Prior to her appointment at the University of Michigan she worked at Michigan State University for 2 years in the Pathology Department studying platelet dysfunction. She went on to work for the Upjohn Corporation for one year and studied lipid biology in the pathology department. She received her LATG certification in 1993 from the University of Michigan. Pamela has worked in the laboratory of Steven Kunkel for the last 32 years and is now jointly appointed with the Parkos-Nusrat labs.


Renae Lyons

Research Laboratory Technician Associate
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Short Bio

Renae Lyons received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in 2019 and is currently a Research Technician Associate in the Parkos & Nusrat lab. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the lab of Dr. Linda Samuelson in the department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, assisting with the investigation of epithelial homeostasis in the stomach and intestine. She currently assists with various projects studying epithelial biology and wound healing in the gut. When not in the lab, she enjoys playing the oboe, crocheting, and baking.


Meenal Mhaskar

Research Laboratory Specialist Associate
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Short Bio

Meenal completed Master’s in Chemistry from Eastern Michigan University. She won Sigma Xi award for her Master’s thesis at the Graduate Symposium in March, 2008 and her work has been presented at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in May, 2008. Meenal has expertise in stem cell culture and grows intestinal crypts on 3D and 2D platforms for the lab. She also assists faculty members in experiments related to cell adhesion molecules and intestinal inflammation. Prior to joining Parkos & Nusrat lab she worked at ATCC and was responsible in establishing and characterizing induced pluripotent stem cell lines. She enjoys traveling, reading and watching sports.


Chithra K. Muraleedharan

Research Laboratory Specialist Intermediate
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Short Bio

Chithra K. Muraleedharan received her Bachelor’s in Biotechnology Engineering from University of Calicut, India. This degree has helped her to acquire knowledge in various fields namely Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Genetics. To further hone her research experience and learn new laboratory skills, she pursued her Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Oakland University. Following her education, she accepted a Research Assistant position at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her research project mainly focused on the role of microRNA in Pseudomonas-aeruginosa induced keratitis mouse model. As a passionate researcher, she also assisted on an interesting project that highlighted the role of microRNA in diabetic retinopathy. Chithra has over 5 years of research experience with technical expertise in maintaining sterile cell culture lines, performing RT-qPCR, ELISA, in-vitro biochemical assays, Immunofluorescence staining and confocal microscopy. In 2018, she joined the Parkos/Nusrat laboratory as a Research Lab Specialist. Currently, her project involves studying the pathobiology of intestinal barrier function during HIV infection and also to assist in the research project investigating wound healing in the gut.


Sean Watson

Research Laboratory Technician Intermediate
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Short Bio

Sean Watson received his Bachelor’s in Science in Neuroscience from Michigan State University. During his time as an undergraduate he worked in the lab of Colleen Hegg investigating the role exogenous cannabinoids on the rate of neurogenesis and gliogenesis in the hippocampus of adolescent and elderly mice. He then worked as a research assistant for Dr. Dohun Pyeon and under the mentorship of Drs. Joseph Henriquez and Albert Dahdah he analyzed the contribution of adrenergic signaling on progression of HPV+ HNSCC as well as the role that CXCL14 on the innervation of the tumor microenvironment. He is currently facilitating administrative maintenance of mouse colonies and participating in ongoing research projects in the Parkos & Nusrat lab.


Mingli Feng

Research Associate
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Short Bio

Mingli Feng graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan, he worked in the Parkos-Nusrat group at Emory University, in Atlanta, for 2 years. Mingli’s projects involve studying the effects of desmoglein 2 on epithelial cell migration and proliferation. He also studied Wnt Inducible Secreted Protein 1 (WISP1) and its effects on wound restitution and signaling. He is an avid sports and movies fan and likes to play soccer when he’s not in the lab.


Sven Flemming, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Sven Flemming is a physician scientist and has a strong interest in leukocyte migration and intestinal barrier properties under inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel diseases. Prior to his appointment in the Parkos lab at the University of Michigan, he worked as a physician scientist in the Department of General Surgery at the University Hospital of Wuerzburg, Germany, and was affiliated with the group of Dr. Nicolas Schlegel. In his previous studies he focused on endothelial barrier disruption caused by pro-inflammatory and/or septic stimuli in-vitro and in-vivo and, secondly, on regulation of epithelial barrier homeostasis in inflammatory bowel diseases and septic conditions. Dr. Flemming currently studies the multistep process of transepithelial migration of leukocytes under inflammatory conditions using intravital microscopy.

Roland Hilgarth, PhD

Research Investigator
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Short Bio

Dr. Roland Hilgarth has expertise in molecular biology, virology, cell biology and biochemistry. His research focuses on mechanisms of epithelial barrier regulation and wound repair. Roland’s interests include development and use of viral and molecular techniques to study human and murine intestinal mucosal biology.  He holds a PhD in Entomology (emphasis in molecular virololgy) from the University of Kentucky.


Dennis Kusters, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Dennis Kusters received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) in 2015, where his research focused on functions of annexin A1 and A5 in cardiovascular disease. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, where his professional interests center on intestinal epithelial cell-cell junctions and more particular desmosomes. Current projects include identification of the role of the desmosal cadherins desmoglein-2 and desmocollin-2 in controlling intestinal epithelial barrier function during homeostasis and disease. He obtained the prestigious European Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship grant to support his research in the Nusrat-Parkos research group. Dennis is author on 12 scientific publications and 1 book chapter.

Monique N. O’Leary, PhD

Research Investigator
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Short Bio  NCBI

Dr. Monique O’Leary’s research has integrated studies from mouse models and mammalian cell culture to yeast in order to investigate signaling pathways regulating of gene expression in various disease contexts. Dr. O’Leary received a PhD in Biomedical Science from Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Robert J. Schwartz, studying how transcription factors are regulated to specify tissue lineages in the gastrointestinal tract during mouse embryonic development. As a postdoctoral fellow working in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Kennedy, initially at the University of Washington and subsequently at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, her research consisted of several projects evaluating compounds in mouse models of age-related disease and progeroid syndromes, and focused on the study of pathways that influence aging and age-related disease progression. Most recently as junior faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Leary’s research focuses on (1) regulation of mucosal homeostasis and barrier function, including JAM-A complex signaling, and (2) signaling mechanisms mediating wound closure.


Michelle Reed, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio

Dr. Michelle Reed completed her PhD in Immunology at the University of Michigan in December 2014, and joined the Parkos-Nusrat lab group in May 2015. Her interest in mucosal immunopathogenesis led to her thesis work in the lab of Dr. Nicholas W. Lukacs, focused on the interactions between lung epithelial cells and the innate immune system during RSV infection. Her current studies focus on the function of the cell-surface glycoprotein CD47 in intestinal epithelial cells and its potential role in mediating cell proliferation, migration, and wound healing. In addition, she is investigating the mechanism of CD47 cross-link-induced apoptosis in neutrophils and macrophages, and its implications in the resolution of inflammation. She is a member of the American Association of Women in Science, the American Association of Immunologists, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Originally a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Michelle loves to hike, mountain bike, and make pottery during her spare time.


Dorothée Siuda, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
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Short Bio

Dr. Dorothée Siuda received her MD from the University of Münster, Germany and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Pathology. Prior to joining the Nusrat lab, she worked at the St. Franziskus-Hospital Münster where she was doing her surgical residency. Her research focuses on intestinal epithelial wound repair during inflammation and her current projects include FPR2 signaling in mucosal wound healing.


Mark Yulis

Graduate Student
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Short Bio

Mark Yulis received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Muhlenberg College and is currently a Graduate Student at the University of Michigan. His professional interests focus on cadherin signaling mechanisms, apoptosis, and regulation of epithelial homeostasis and his current projects include the relationship between desmosomal cadherin cleavage and epithelial homeostatic signaling.


Charles Parkos


Dates in the Lab

Current Position

Luca Mazzucchelli, MD


Professor, Institute of Pathology, Locarno, Switzerland

Leora Balsam, MD


Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, USA

Tony Liang


Associate Scientist, Unity Biotechnology, San Francisco, USA

David L. Jaye, MD


Assistant Professor of Pathology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Titus Reaves, PhD


Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Department of Regenerative Medicine, Medical College of South Carolina, USA

Yuan Liu, PhD


Professor of Biology, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

Fred Schnell, PhD


Scientist, Sarepta Therapeutics, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Heather Edens, PhD


Associate Scientific Director, SciMentum, Atlanta, GA

Ke Zen, PhD


Vice Dean of Life Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing China

Andrei Ivanov, PhD


Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Kenneth J Mandell, MD PhD


Chief Medical Officer, Noveome Biotherapeutics, USA

Alex Chin, PhD


Director, Clinical Laboratories, University of Calgary, Canada

Winston Lee, MD PhD


Hematopathology Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Eric Severson, MD PhD


Staff Scientist and Hematopathologist, Foundation Medicine, Duram, North Carolina, USA

Rita Jen MD, MPh


Urology Resident, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Dominique Weber, PhD


Assistant Professor of Pathology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Ingrid McCall, MS


Lab management, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Abigail Betanzos, PhD


Staff scientist, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico

Nancy Louis, MD


Neonatologist, Athens Georgia, USA

Eric Peatman, PhD


Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama, USA

Jodi Zuckerman, MD


Otolaryngology, Chicago, USA

Aaron Rogers, MD


Otolaryngology, Atlanta, USA

Ana Monteiro, MD PhD


Internal Medicine Resident, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA

Ilke Nalbantoglu, MD


Assistant Professor, Washington University, St. Louis, USA

Manirath Khounlotham, PhD


Postdoctoral Associate, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, USA

Timothy L. Denning, PhD


Associate Professor, Center for Inflammation, Immunity, & Infection, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA

Benedicte Fournier, PhD


Pharmacology Paris, France

Wooki Kim, PhD


Assistant Professor, Kyung Hee University, Korea

Ronen Sumagin, PhD


Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

Caroline Weight, PhD


Associate Researcher, University College London, UK

Jason Matthews, PhD


Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Holly C. Williams, PhD


Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Anna Lukacher


Juris Doctorate Candidate, University of New Hampshire School of Law, USA

Sarah K. Wise, MD


Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA




Asma Nusrat


Dates in the Lab

Current Position

Shaun V Walsh, MD


Consultant Pathologist, Lecturer and Director of Training Program, Ninewells Hospitals and Dundee University Medical School, Scotland

Ann Hopkins, PhD


Senior Lecturer and Director of International Electives Program, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Julie J Ha, PhD


Staff Scientist Walter Reed Hospital, Washington DC, USA

Matthias Breuwar, MD


Professor, St. Franziskus-Hospital Munster, Germany

Bridge Tong, PhD


Researcher, Georgia State University, USA

G Thomas Brown, MD PhD


Fellow, Department of Pathology, National Institutes of Health, Washington, USA

Brian Babbin, MD


Medical Director, BioVantra LLC, Florida, USA

Markus Utech, MD


Surgery, Munster, Germany

Zili Wang, PhD


Instructor, Emory University, USA

Elena V Vassilieva PhD


Research Associate, Emory University, USA

Michael Laukoeter, MD


Professor, Munster University, Germany

Stanislav N. Samarin PhD


Strategy and Innovation in Healthcare and Biotechnology, St. Louis, USA

Neal Beeman, PhD


Research Scientist, University of Washington, Department of Bioengineering, Atlanta, USA

Porfirio D. Nava, PhD


Professor, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico

Keli Kolegraff, MD PhD


Plastic Surgery Resident, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA

Christopher Capaldo, PhD


Instructor, Cell Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

Stefan Koch, PhD


Faculty, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linkoping University, Sweden

Giovanna Leoni, PhD


Research Scientist, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Robert Rankin, PhD


Postdoctoral Fellow, Keck School of Medicine USC, USA

Kun Jiang, MD PhD


Assistant Professor, Pathology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida, USA

Attila E Farkas, PhD


Biological Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged

Ryuta Kamekura, MD


Department of Human Immunology, Research Institute for Frontier Medicine, Sapporo Medical University, Japan

Ross Hamilton, PhD


Senior Research Scientist at Bionomics Ltd, Adelaide, Australia

Molly McLaughlin


Masters student, Colorado State University, USA

Hikaru Nishio, PhD


Business Strategy and Planning, Aminoscience Division, Ajinomoto Company, Tokyo, Japan.

Benjamin H. Hinrichs MD


Instructor, Pathology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA