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Melody Swartz

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Renata Mezyk-Kopec

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Alexandra Magold

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Anish Mukherjee

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Lucas Shores

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Emiliano Medellin

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Gustavo Andrés Vásquez Montoya

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Trevin Kurtanich

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Margo MacDonald

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Calixto Salles

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Ruolan Zhou

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Trevor Ung

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Thomas Wang

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Kristen Shema

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Colleen Foley

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Kelly Blaine

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Camryn Garza

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Maia Gabriela Clare

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Philip Ang

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Yue Wang

Head of the laboratory

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Melody A. Swartz, PhD

William B. Ogden Professor of Molecular Engineering

Lymphatic Physiology, Cancer Research, Immunotherapy

Visiting professors

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Renata, Mezyk-Kopec, PhD
Professor Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

Renata Mezyk-Kopec received her PhD in biochemistry from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, in 2008. She worked on identifying proteases other than ADAM17 responsible for the shedding of TNF from the cell surface. As a postdoctoral fellow at Jagiellonian University, she focused on the role of ADAM17 in tumor progression.

Postdoctoral scientists and engineers

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Alexandra Magold, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Alexandra has discovered the ciliation of lymphatic endothelial cells in vitro and in vivo. Using her inducible murine model of reduced lymphatic endothelial ciliation, she is now targeting lymphatic ciliation for chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis and cancer therapies.

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Anish Mukherjee, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

Anish is looking to delineate the multifaceted role of lymphatic vessels in cancer. He is specifically looking at how cancer therapies, such as radiotherapy, can affect the structure and function of the local lymphatic vasculature and what it entails for cancer therapy and metastasis.

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Lucas Shores, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

Lucas’ research interests lie at the intersection of research on lymphatics, diabetes, and immune engineering for regenerative medicine. This interdisciplinary focus leverages techniques from several disciplines to develop novel, translationally-oriented, and disease-targeted therapeutics.

Graduate students

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Ruolan Zhou

PhD candidate

In vitro models of the tumor microenvironment.

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Gustavo Andrés Vásquez Montoya

PhD candidate

The integration of multi-scale modeling and simulations of in vitro and in vivo experiments for the study of cancer immunobiology and cancer immunotherapy.

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Emiliano Gomez Medellin
PhD candidate

Understanding the role of lymphatics in the lung immune microenvironment and its contributions to allergy and chronic airway inflammation.

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Trevin Kurtanich

PhD candidate

The role of lymphatics in immunity, specifically in how they may promote an enhanced memory response in both tumor and vaccination contexts.

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Margo MacDonald

PhD candidate

My work explores the role of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in the tumor microenvironment and examining how the biomechanical properties of the tumor microenvironment impact immunotherapy response. Recently, I have also been investigating the role NETs and lymphatic clotting play in severe cases of COVID-19

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Calixto Mateos Salles

PhD candidate

The role of lymphatics and their microenvironment in the education and priming of T cell memory.

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Trevor Ung

PhD candidate

Trevor is currently studying the role of lymphatics in vaccine responses. He is specifically interested in how cell-specific delivery of vaccines to lymph node cell subsets affects immune responses and generation of immune memory.

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Thomas Wang
PhD student

I am currently researching and optimizing the VEGFC vaccine for tumors. My research consists of screening and characterizing different various adjuvants for the vaccine.

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Kristen Shema
PhD student

TBD

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Colleen Foley
PhD student

TBD

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Camryn Graza
PhD student

Camryn is passionate about engineering as a school of thought, and is interested in pursuing a project the combines the power of engineering with the basic science of immunology. She is looking forward to working on a project modulating the immune-suppressed tumor microenvironment to an immune-activated site to aid in the treatment of cancer.

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Maia Gabriela Clare
PhD student

TBD

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Phillip Ang
MD student

TBD

Staff

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Yue Wang

Technician

Kelly Blaine
Research
Lab Manager