Current Members

Anuj Tharakan

Education: BS in Biological Sciences from Drexel University (2014); MS in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University (2016)

Current Program: MD/PhD, Microbiology and Immunology

Lab interests: Regulation of T helper cell polarization by dendritic cells; local tissue mediators regulating group 2 innate lymphoid cell function

Outside lab interests: Basketball, baseball, gym, cooking

Matt Zellner

Education: BS., Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

Current Program/Position: Microbiology and Immunology PhD Student

Lab interests: Exploring the mechanisms of IgE as a mediator in allergic disease and asthma.

Outside lab interests: Spending time with my friends, stand up comedy, music, video games, and pick up sports.

Carmen Camarena

Education: B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University San Marcos (2018)

Current Lab Program/Position: Center for Clinical and Translational Research Ph.D. Student at VCU.

Past Lab Position: Center of Health Disparities’ Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Scholar

Past Lab Project: Treatment of breast cancer with epigenetic modulators.

Current Lab Project: Epigenetic regulation in dendritic cells post allergen sensitization.