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Alanoud Aljasham

PhD Student

Alanoud Aljasham

Lindegren 7
Phone: 618-453-2520
E‑mail: gollanar@siu.edu

Field:
Beneficial Host-Microbe Interactions

Degrees:
BS, 2009, Molecular Biology, Kuwait University

Advisor:
Bethany Rader

Publications:
Articles in Professional Journals

  • Rosche, K.L., Aljasham, A.T., Kipfer, J.N., Piatkowski, B.T. and Konjufca, V. 2015. Infection with Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium Leads to Increased Proportions of F4/80+ Red Pulp Macrophages and Decreased Proportions of B and T Lymphocytes in the Spleen. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 12;10(6):e0130092. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130092. Link


Jae Claywell

PhD Student

Jae Claywell

Life Science III 1057
Phone: 618-453-3249
E‑mail: jclaywel@gmail.com

Field:
Developmental Regulation in Chlamydia

Degrees:
BS, 2012, Neurobiology & Physiology, Purdue University

Advisor:
Derek Fisher

Publications:
Articles in Professional Journals

  • Claywell, J.E., Matschke, L.M., and Fisher, D.J. (2016) The impact of protein phosphorylation on chlamydial physiology. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 6:197. Link
  • Claywell, J.E. and Fisher, D.J. (2016) CTL0511 from Chlamydia trachomatis is a Type 2C Protein Phosphatase (PP2C) with Broad-Substrate Specificity. Journal of Bacteriology. PMID: 27114464 PubMed Link


Savannah Howe

PhD Candidate

Savannah Howe

Life Science II 112
Phone: 618-453-4797
E‑mail: savannah.howe@siu.edu

Field:
Immunology, Host-Pathogen Interactions

Degrees:
BS, 2011, Biology, Tennessee Wesleyan College

Advisor:
Vjollca Konjufca

Publications:

  • Abrams JS, Howe SE, Becerra N, Kohli P, Konjufca V. 2016. Immunogenicity of Antigen-Conjugated Biodegradable Polydiacetylene Liposomes Administered Mucosally. Biomed Mater Res A. Oct 17. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.35938. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed link
  • Howe SE, Sowa G, Konjufca V. 2016. Systemic and Mucosal Antibody Responses to Soluble and Nanoparticle-Conjugated Antigens Administered Intranasally. Antibodies, 5(4), 20; doi:10.3390/antib5040020. Link
  • Howe, S.E. and Konjufca, V.H. 2015. Per-Oral Immunization with Antigen-Conjugated Nanoparticles followed by Sub-Cutaneous Boosting Immunization Induces Long-Lasting Mucosal and Systemic Antibody Responses in Mice. PLoS ONE 10(2):e0118067. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118067.Link
  • Howe, S.E. and Konjufca, V.H. 2014. Protein-coated nanoparticles are internalized by the epithelial cells of the female reproductive tract and induce systemic and mucosal immune responses. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114601. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114601 Link
  • Howe, S.E., Lickteig, D.J., Plunkett, K.N., Ryerse, J.S. and Konjufca, V. 2014. The uptake of soluble and particulate antigens by epithelial cells in the mouse small intestine. PLoS ONE 9(1): e86656. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086656. Link


Sondus Kahil

MS Student

Sondus Kahil

Life Science II 110
Phone: 618-453-2930
E‑mail: sondus92@siu.edu

Field:
Immunology, Host-Pathogen Interactions

Degrees:
BS, 2015, Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Advisor:
Vjollca Konjufca


Evan Landers

MS Student

Evan Landers

Life Science III 1011
Phone: 618-453-3812
E‑mail: landersevan@gmail.com

Field:
Developmental Regulation in Chlamydia

Degrees:
BS, 2012, Cell and Molecular Biology, Tulane University of Lousiana

Advisor:
Derek Fisher


Katie Melton

MS Student

Katie Melton

Lindegren 7
Phone: 618-453-2520
E-mail: kmelton@siu.edu

Field:
Beneficial Host-Microbe Interactions

Degrees:
BS, 2011, Tennessee Wesleyan College

Advisor:
Bethany Rader


Jeremiah Miller

MS Student

Jeremiah Miller

Life Science II 110
Phone: 618-453-2930
E‑mail: jsmiller20.jm@siu.edu

Field:
Small RNA analysis

Degrees:
BS, 2016, Microbiology, Southern Illinois University

Advisor:
Kelly Bender


Nicole Szczepanik

PhD Student

Nicole Szczepanik

Life Science II 110
Phone: 618-453-2930
E‑mail: szczep@siu.edu

Field:
Small RNA analysis

Degrees:
BS, 2012, Microbiology, Southern Illinois University

Advisor:
Kelly Bender


Rui Xiao

MS Student

Rui Xiao

Lindegren 7
Phone: 618-453-2520
E-mail: rxiao@siu.edu

Field:
Beneficial Host-Microbe Interactions

Degrees:
BS, 2015, University of Oregon

Advisor:
Bethany Rader