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Current PhD Students

Current UW Immunology PhD students form a close-knit community who actively interact and socialize together.  As a group, current UW Immunology PhD students gather socially at the department retreat and recruitment events.  They are supportive of each others’ work as evidenced by their regular strong attendance at weekly student research presentations and dissertation defenses.  It is common to find group of students gathered throughout the department having lunch time or coffee break discussions amongst each other.  This community environment is one of the most valued attributes to our graduate program.


Aderem Lab - Center for Infectious Disease Research
Rudy Nazitto,
Greg Olson (MCB/MSTP),

Campbell Lab - Benaroya Research Institute
Jenna Sullivan,
Erika Hayes (MCB),
Kristen Mittelsteadt (MCB),

Clark Lab - UW Immunology
Justin Ulrich-Lewis (Microbiology),

Crispe Lab - UW Pathology & Immunology
Alyse Douglass (Pathobiology),
Radika Soysa (Pathobiology),

Gale Lab - UW Immunology
Lauren Aarreberg,
Nika Hajari (Pathobiology),
Amy Lu (Pathobiology),
Rebecca Olson,
Andrey Shuvarikov (MCB),
Brittany Ulloa,
Kathryn Wuertz (Pathobiology),

Gerner Lab - UW Immunology
Jessica Huang,
Joey Leal,
Miranda Lyons-Cohen,

Goverman Lab - UW Immunology
Katie Wagner,

Hamerman Lab - Benaroya Research Institute
Talyn Chu,
Hayley Waterman (MCB),

Lacy-Hulbert Lab - Benaroya Research Institute
Alina Lorant,

Moltke Lab - UW Immunology
Tyler Billipp,
Jack McGinty, 
Marija Nadjsombati,

Oberst Lab - UW Immunology
Nick Hubbard,
Sigal Kofman,
Annelise Snyder, 

Pepper Lab - UW Immunology
Nicole Arroyo,
Mikel Ruterbusch,

Prlic Lab - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Veronica Dave (Pathobiology),
Nicholas Maurice (MCB),
Brianna Traxinger (Pathobiology),

Ram Lab - UW Immunology
Rochelle Joslyn,
Julian Smith,
Frank Soveg,

Rawlings Lab - Seattle Children's Research Institute
Fahd Al Qureshah,
Michelle Dutra,
Ragan Pitner,
Kerri Thomas,

Stetson Lab - UW Immunology
Katie Burleigh (MCB),
Joanna Maltbaek,
Megan Maurano (MCB/MSTP),

Taylor Lab - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Kristin Fitzpatrick (M3D),

Urdahl Lab - Center for Infectious Disease Research
Jared Delahaye,

Ziegler Lab - Benaroya Research Institute
Gerald Kellar,
Stephanie Varela (MSTP),

Rotating 1st Year Graduate Students
Michael Conlon,
Cassidy Hagan,
Kurt Pruner,
Laila Shehata, 
Rachel Van Gelder,
Lindsey Warner,

Graduate Program Student Demographics

Current demographics of graduate students in Immunology:

  • By Gender:  65% Female, 35% Male
  • By Age – Entering students in 2016-17 are 23-28; 100% age 28 or below.
  • By Education – Students have a BS or BA primarily in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Some students enrolling in the graduate program have already completed a Master’s degree. 

Examples of Student Publications

  1. Lau L, Gray EE, Brunette RL, Stetson DB.  2015.  DNA tumor virus oncogenes antagonize the cGAS_STING DNA sensing pathwayScience; pii: aab3291.  PMID: 26405230.
  2. Kolhatkar NS, Brahmandam A, Thouvenel CD, Becker-Herman S, Jacobs HM, Schwartz MA, Allenspach EJ, Khim S, Panigrahi AK, Luning Prak ET, Thrasher AJ, Notarangelo LD, Candotti F, Torgerson TR, Sanz I, Rawlings DJ.  2015.  Altered BCR and TLR signals promote enhanced positive selection of autoreactive transitional B cells in Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.  J Exp Med; 212(10):1663-77.  PMCID: PMC4577851.
  3. Wagner CA and Goverman JM. (2015) Novel insights and therapeutics in multiple sclerosis. F1000Research 2015, 4(F1000 Faculty Rev):517.PMCID: PMC4544373.
  4. Krishnamurty AT, Thouvenel CD, Portugal S, Keitany GJ, Kim KS, Holder A, Crompton PD, Rawlings DJ, Pepper M. (2016) Somatically Hypermutated plasmodium-specific IgM+ memory B cells are rapid, plastic, early responders upon malaria rechallenge. Immunity. 45:402-414. PMCID: PMC5118370.
  5. Stolley JM, Campbell DJ. (2016) A 33D1+ dendritic cell/autoreactive CD4+ T cell circuit maintains IL-2-dependent regulatory T cells in the spleen. J. Immunol. 197:2635-45. PMCID: PMC5026945.
  6. Duggan JM, Buechler MB, Olson RM, Hohl TM, Hamerman JA.  (2017) BCAP inhibits proliferation and differentiation of myeloid progenitors in the steady state and during demand situations. Blood. 129:1503-1513. PMCID: PMC5356451.