Diversity of the members of W_D task force Prof. Dr. Julia

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					                        Diversity of the members of W&D task force

                    Prof. Dr. Julia Kzhyshkowska

                    Julia Kzhyshkowska has graduated Moscow State Lomonosov University,
                    and obtained her PhD in biology at the Cancer Research Center of Russian
                    Academy of Medical Sciences. She performed postdoctoral training at the
                    University of Regensburg working on host cell protein complexes targeted
                    by adenoviral oncogenes. Currently she is professor for cellular and
                    molecular biology at the University of Heidelberg and head of the research
laboratory Cellular and Molecular Biology of Innate Immunity. Her research interests include
tumor immunology, cardiovascular immunology, regulatory functions of macrophages, and
molecular mechanisms of immunotolerance. She investigates molecular mechanism of the
crass-talk between signal transduction and intracellular vesicular trafficking in macrophages.
She has authored and co-authored over 50 publications. Julia is also a Section Editor of

                      Giamila Fantuzzi, PhD

                      Dr. Fantuzzi received her doctoral training in Italy and her postdoctoral
                      training at the Tufts University in Boston, MA, USA. She is a tenured
                      Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the
                      University of Illinois at Chicago.
                      Dr. Fantuzzi's research centers on the role of adipose tissue and obesity
in the regulation of acute and chronic inflammation, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract,
pancreas and liver. She has authored and co-authored over 125 publications.

                     Rachel R. Caspi, PhD

                    Dr. Caspi received her doctoral training in Israel and her postdoctoral
                    training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, USA.
                    She is a tenured senior investigator, Section Head and Deputy Chief of the
                    Laboratory of Immunology, National Eye Institute, NIH and an holds an
                    Adjunct Professorship at the U. Pen. Sch. Med.
                    Dr. Caspi's research centers on tolerance and autoimmunity to
                    immunologically privileged retinal antigens in animal models of
autoimmune uveitis, a potentially blinding human disease. Her studies have elucidated many
basic mechanisms and helped devise clinically relevant immunotherapeutic approaches. She
has authored and co-authored over 190 publications
                Amanda Brown, PhD

                Dr. Brown received her doctoral training at the Albert Einstein College of
                Medicine, in Bronx, New York. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department
                of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Brown’s
research is focused on identifying and studying key cellular pathways that modulate HIV-1
replication in marophages and exploring their impact on the development of HIV-associated
neurocognitive disorder.

                   Fatoumata B. Sow, PhD

                   Dr. Sow received her doctoral training at The Ohio State University and her
                   postdoctoral training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and
                   at Iowa State University. Her research interests are on the immunology and
                   pathogenesis of respiratory pathogens in animal models. She is currently a
                   Principal Scientist at Novartis Animal Health.

                          Elizabeth A. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

                          Dr. Fitzpatrick received her doctoral training at Ohio State University,
                          Columbus OH and her post-doctoral training at University of Kentucky,
                          Lexington KY. She is an Associate Professor at the University of
                          Tennessee Health Science Center in the Dept. of Microbiology,
                          Immunology, and Biochemistry. Our research focus is on the
mechanisms of disease pathogenesis in Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis (HP). HP is an interstitial
lung disease that develops following repeated exposure to inhaled environmental antigens. The
disease is characterized by alveolitis and granuloma formation that in some patients leads to
chronic fibrotic lung disease. There is a lack of successful therapeutic strategies to treat the
disease underscoring the need for research into disease pathogenesis.
                       Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala, PhD

                       Dr Marakalala received his doctoral training in Clinical laboratory
                       sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2008. He then joined
                       the Institute of Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM),
                       UCT, as a postdoctoral scientist, working in the laboratory of Gordon
                       Brown. He currently holds the Sydney Brenner postdoctoral fellowship in
                       the same institute.
Dr Marakalala’s research focuses on innate immunity to various infectious diseases including,
Candidiasis, tuberculosis, cancer and staphylococcus infections. He has published 6 articles in
peer-reviewed journals and has presented his work at four international conferences.

                        Vasanthi R. Sunil, Ph.D.
                        Phone: 732-445-6190

                        Assistant Research Professor – Pharmacology & Toxicology, Rutgers
                        Associate Director – Analytical Cytometry & Image Analysis Core,
                        Rutgers University/EOHSI/CINJ.

                          Dr. Sunil received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the Department of
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, Rutgers University and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School. Her dissertation work was done under the guidance of Dr. Debra Laskin. After
a brief post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Rutgers
University, she took up a faculty position in the same department. She also serves as Associate
Director of the Analytical Cytometry and Image Analysis Core Facility.

Dr. Sunil’s area of research include understanding mechanisms of pulmonary inflammation and
repair, effects of bacterial toxins, environmental pollutants and chemical warfare agents on lung
function and gene regulation. She is also interested in studying how aging causes alterations in
signaling pathways in the lung.

                      Vijaya Iragavarapu-Charyulu, PhD

                      Dr. Iragavarapu-Charyulu received her doctoral training at University of
                      Miami, Miami, Forida and her postdoctoral training at Mount Sinai Medical
                      Center, New York, USA and at University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA.
                      She is a tenured Associate Professor at Charles E. Schmidt College of
                      Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.           Dr.
                      Iragavarapu's research centers on the role of inflammation and immune
                      response in breast cancer. More specifically, she is studying the role of
                      inflammatory chemokines, MMPs and chitinase-3-like-1 molecule on
                      tumor-host interactions in breast cancer.
                     Cherié L. Butts, PhD
                     Dr. Butts conducts research and serves as a reviewer for drug and biologic
                     products in the Division of Therapeutic Proteins at the Center for Drug
                     Evluation & Research of the US Food & Drug Administration. She obtained
                     her undergraduate and master's degrees at The Johns Hopkins University
                     and her PhD from UT MD Anderson Cancer Center/UT Health Sciences
                     Center at Houston. Her graduate studies focused on studying immune
                     responses in ovarian cancer patients with metastatic disease and
                     characterizing immunity at tumor sites. Dr. Butts continued her training as
a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health exploring the role of steroid hormones in
regulating immune responses, and her current work investigates the impact of steroid hormones
on immunity during disease development in an effort to develop better strategies for driving
potent anti-tumor immune responses. Dr. Butts also teaches and mentors students interested in
biomedical research careers.

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