Meet our Students

2017-18 Immunology PhD Graduates


(left to right: Dr. David Golan, Ezana Demissie, Jonathan Chow, Flavian Brown, Dr. Shiv Pillai, Catherine Tan, David Zemmour, Jenna Sweeney, Jonathan Chang, Marisella Panduro Sicheva, Martin Fan, Megan Eruzione, Dr. David Cardozo)





Below you will see our current students' hometowns, current labs & their research interests

G1 Students

(left to right)

Emily Goering. Platte City, MO.“I am interested in T-cell function in the context of cancer immunology and other disease. I am also interested in broad host-pathogen interactions.”

Kurt Kongthong. Bangkok, Thailand“ Broadly, host-microbiota interactions and neuroimmunology.”

Anze Godicelj. Celje, Slovenia "I want to understand why most patients do not benefit from immune treatments and how best to stimulate antitumoral immune response in these patients.”

Kayleigh Ingersoll. Boise, Idaho.“Anti-viral immunity and vaccine development.”

Michael Xifaras. Acushnet, MA.“The intersection of immunology, epigenetics, and cancer biology. I am interested in understanding the transcriptional programs that govern T-cell mediated immunity within the context of cancer.”

Lucas Pomerance. Weston, MA.“I am interested in cancer immunology, particularly the immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment and T cell dysfunction in the context of cancer.”

Catherine Jacon-Dolan. Arlington, MA.

Ryan Camire. Norton, MA.“Innate immunity, Acute phase of infection, Host defense & host-pathogen interactions, Innate immune signaling, Inflammation, Macrophage and dendritic cell biology”

Marie-Angele Messou. Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.“Mainly chronic inflammation but also interactions at the gut mucosa involving immune cells, microbiome and the enteric nervous system.”

Elizabeth Byrne. Cambridge, MA.


G2 Students

(left to right, top to bottom)

Sara Rubin. Abington, PA“Broadly, I am interested in investigating immune cell development and function in the context of human disease. I am particularly interested in cancer immunology, transplant immunology, and neuroimmunology.”

Patrick Lenehan. Cheshire, CT “I am planning to study immune tolerance in Dr. Turka's lab with a focus on metabolism and/or epigenetic programming of regulatory T cells.”

Anh Cao.Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Vietnam “I am interested in developmental and evolutionary aspect of immunology especially at the regulation of transcription.”

Omar Yaghi. Austin, TX “Broadly, autoimmunity and cancer immunology”
Jenna Collier. Nova Scotia, Canada

Paris Pallis. Thessaloniki, Greece “I am hoping to make significant contributions to the study of T-cell immunity, especially in the context of cancer. I am especially interested in how tumor infiltrating/associated T-cells are influenced by the hypoxic environment and their contribution to EMT promoting factors.”

Teshika Jayewickreme. Naperville, IL “My current interests are in host-pathogen interactions as well as mechanisms of tolerance.”

Nghia Millard. Gilbert, AZ “Cancer immunology, interaction between innate and adaptive immunity, immune memory, microbiome, T cell function.”

Sarah Weiss. Edina, MN “Intersection of immunology, systems biology and genomics Understanding how T cells integrate information about their environment to differentiate / activate appropriately .”

Aleksandra Prochera. New Village, Poland “Neuro-Immunology”

Haitong Mao. Singapore “I am interested in studying host-microbe interactions (both commensal microbiota and pathogens), and would like to explore how the host immune system and microbe influence and respond to each other.”
Joe Daccache. Lebanon “I am interested in mechanisms of cancer immunosuppression including metabolic reprogramming and potential reversal strategies”

G3 Students

(left to right, top to bottom)

Dawn Comstock. Minnesota “Genetic regulation in immune responses and cancer immunotherapy.”
Rebecca Larson. Massachusetts “I am interested in cancer immunology with a focus on translational research.”
Grace (Yiyun) Cao. Illinois “Innate immunity, tissue resident cells, type 2 immunity.”
Katherine Tooley. New York “My research interests include T cell signaling and function, both in the context of tolerance and cancer immunology. I am also interested in how genetic factors influence the immune system.”
Rocky Barilla. New York “Immune system development with the microbiome; tolerance and autoimmunity; organ-specific immune privilege.”
Travis Hughes. Oklahoma “Understanding infectious ecosystems using high-throughput single-cell genomics”
Juhi Kuchroo. Massachusetts “Role of co-inhibitory receptors in the regulation of autoimmunity and anti-tumor immunity”
Isabella Fraschilla. Georgia “Mechanisms guiding the regulation of lymphocyte activation and differentiation”
Sophie Giguere. New Jersey “My research interests can be briefly described as: Antibody development and pathogen manipulation of the adaptive immune response.”
Ernest Aw. Singapore “My research interests are neuro-immune interactions in homeostasis, disease development and progression and tumour immunology.”


G4 Students

(left to right, top to bottom)

Tianli Xiao. Canada & China "Role of immunity in obesity-associated diseases"

Jeroen Tas. The Netherlands "Humoral immune responses, antigen processing, adaptive immunity."

John Mindur. New Jersey "Role of colony stimulating factors in immune-mediated inflammatory disease and steady-state."

Kenta Mosallanejad. Japan "Interaction between pathogen recognition and other intracellular signaling pathways"

Marie Siwicki. Pennsylvania

Alexandra Schnell. Frankfurt, Germany "T cell biology, autoimmunity and tolerance"

Alec Walker. Wisconsin "Specification of immune function by environmental cues during immune-neuron, immune-cancer interactions."

Jefte Drijvers. Netherlands "Metabolic regulation of T cell fate and functionality."


G5 Students

(left to right, top to bottom)


Carlos Donado. Colombia, Brenner Lab "My research interests include understanding how different innate lymphocytes, such as iNKT cells, can act as cellular adjuvants to induce transactivation of the inflammasome in phagocytes, especially in the context of microbial immune evasion. I am also interested in characterizing how certain DAMPs present during inflammatory responses contribute to the resolution of inflammation."

Nelson Lamarche. New Jersey, Brenner Lab "I am interested in autoimmunity, immunometabolism, and innate-like lymphocytes."

Alexander Mann. Oklahoma, Mathis/Benoist Lab"Mechanisms that regulate the maintenance or disruption of immunological tolerance"

Charles Evavold. Georgia, Kagan Lab "I am investigating cell type heterogeneity in inflammasome activity and novel negative regulators of pyroptosis."

Abigail Schiff. Massachusetts, Kwon Lab "I am interested in how HIV infection affects the ability of alveolar macrophages to control mycobacterial infection, and the balance between antiviral and antibacterial immunity in the innate immune system more broadly."

Jacob Turner. Ohio, Wesemann Lab "NK cells, anti-viral immunity, lymphocyte development, neuro-immune interactions"

Jennifer Helble. Vermont, Starnbach Lab "I'm interested in host-pathogen interactions, particularly the interactions between Chlamydia trachomatis and epithelial cells and how that interaction regulates host PD-L1/PD-1 signaling."

Christin Hong. California, Raychaudhuri Lab "CD4 T cell activation"

Rachel Cotton. California, Moody Lab "The role CD1a-reactive T cells and lipid antigen in human skin."

Zimeng Zhang. China, Moon Lab "Peripheral tolerance to self-antigen specific CD4+ T cells"


G6 Students

(left to right, top to bottom)


Angela Boroughs. South Africa "My research interests include Treg biology,  CAR T cells and CAR T cell signalling, cancer immunotherapy and autoimmune diseases. My dissertation project focuses on tissue specific T cell suppression using CAR T regulatory cells. "

Kelsey Finn. California, Turka Lab "I am interested in studying regulatory T cell biology in the context of autoimmunity and cancer."

William Orent.

Guadalupe Jasso. Texas, Xavier Lab "I am interested in various aspects of IBD- antioxidant responses, fibrosis, and autophagy pathways."

Rong En Tay. Singapore, Wucherpfennig Lab "I am interested in the interplay of different immune cell types in the immune response to infectious diseases, cancer, and autoimmunity."

Martin LaFleur. New York, Sharpe Lab "I am very interested in how CD8 T cells are functionally suppressed in the tumor microenvironment. I am also interested in engineering these interactions for a more positive antitumor immune response."

Yu Hui Kang. Singapore, Snapper Lab "Mechanism of IL-10 mediated suppression"

Debattama Sen. Bangladesh, Haining Lab "I want to understand epigenetic regulation in the context of CD8 T cell differentiation, as well as in memory generation and exhaustion. I am generally interested in the role of enhancers in T cell biology."

Huiyuan Zhang. China, Kuchroo Lab "Regulation of T cell function in tumor and autoimmunity."

Kailyn Stefan. Illinois, Kasper Lab "Modulation of the immune system by the microbiome, mechanisms of tolerance and autoimmunity"


G7 Students

(left to right)

Vinidhra Mani. California, Mempel Lab "TGF-beta activation and signaling in the generation and maintenance of skin-resident memory T cells"

Waradon Sungnak. Thailand, Kuchroo Lab "T cell differentiation, regulation and heterogeneity; immune cell interaction"

Christopher Garris. California, Pittet Lab "I am interested in macrophage interactions in the context of cancer immunotherapy."

Sydney Lavoie. Vermont, Garrett Lab "My main interests are in the biology of regulatory T cells, the microbiome and the role of a specific single nucleotide polymorphism in the autophagy gene ATG16L1 in the context of inflammatory bowel disease."

Ximei Sun. China, Kasper Lab "Microbiome and host interaction. Mechanism of glycoconjugate vaccine activating adaptive immunity."


G9 Students

Jeffrey Lian. New York, Luster Lab "Role of chemokines in T cell function and memory"







Student Body

2018-2019 Enrollment

Total enrollment: 67

Average Size of Incoming Class: 10

Average Time to Degree:

     Ph.D. Students: 5.89

     M.D./Ph.D. Students: 4.28


Women: 33 (49%)

Men: 34 (51%)


Underrepresented Minority: 3 (5%)


Domestic: 44 (66%)

Foreign: 23 (34%)


Student Publications

Check our our students' most recent publications here.



© 2016 President and Fellows
of Harvard College