We are interested in recruiting highly motivated people to join our lab at all levels (postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students).
Graduate Students: Graduate students must first be accepted by either one of the following Graduate Programs:
Postdoctoral Fellows: Preference will be given to those who have a strong background in (1) Immunology or (2) Epigenetic mechanisms (in particular miRNA or protein methylation)or (3). However, we welcome highly creative researchers from all disciplines who are interested in joining a highly dynamic and interdisciplinary group. Competitive candidates are expected to be fully fluent in English, have experience with Flow Cytometry, In vivo and in Vitro Immunology and Molecular Biology, and have a strong record of publications in well-respected journals. Candidates should send a cover letter and CV to Mireia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Undergraduate Students: Preference will be given to highly motivated students that have classroom laboratory experience in Molecular Biology or Chemistry. We also consider students in the HRS Honors Program, BMS Honors Program or students who plan to complete an Undergraduate Thesis to graduate with Distinction. Successful undergraduate students generally put in a minimum of 20 hours of research a week. Candidates should send a cover letter explaining their home program, immediate and long-term career goals, and CV to Mireia (email@example.com)
The following are current members of the laboratory:
Mireia Guerau-de-Arellano, PharmD PhD
I am Mireia Guerau. I was born in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) and came to the US to study the basis of autoimmunity. Through my predoctoral, doctoral and postdoctoral research at Harvard, Tufts and Ohio State, I have investigated the molecular basic of tolerance and autoimmunity in Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes and Autoimmune Polyendocrine Syndrome-1 (APS-1). I now lead a fantastic group of researchers, focusing on the role of molecular and epigenetic mechanisms on the phenotype of inflammatory immune cells in autoimmune disease.
Stephanie Amici, PhD
Hi. I’m Stephanie Amici. During my graduate work at the University of Florida, I examined the role of peripheral myelin protein 22 in myelination and how dysregulation of this protein can lead to neuropathies in the peripheral nervous system. My postdoctoral research at the Ohio State University focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of nicotinic receptor function in the brain and how impaired expression can lead to disorders such as nicotine addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorders. My studies in Dr. Guerau’s laboratory now merge my knowledge of the peripheral and central nervous systems as we study the mechanisms underlying Multiple Sclerosis, a neuropathy of the central nervous system.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I attended the University of Cincinnati and received my Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology. During my time at UC, I discovered my passion for biomedical sciences when I did undergraduate research in Dr. David Plas’s lab, focusing on leukemia. In his lab, I targeted S6K1, a protein kinase downstream of the tumor suppressor PTEN, to study the requirements for survival in this model. I developed an interest in not only cancer biology, but also immunology and autoimmune diseases. I recently joined Dr. Guerau’s lab, characterizing epigenetic modifier inhibitors and their effects on T cell activation and multiple sclerosis.
Hi, my name is Joycelyn Dong and I am a second-year biomedical engineering student at Northwestern University. I was born and raised in Worthington, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus). I have a strong interest and fascination with neurological disorders, especially Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). At the end of my freshmen year, I decided to reach out to Dr. Guerau due to her work with Multiple Sclerosis and epigenetic mechanisms and I hope to learn different techniques that can help solve mysteries of the brain and body. In the future, I hope to contribute to the medical community through either research or engineering design.
The following are alumni of the lab
Ayush Peddireddi (Biomedical Sciences program, 2016-2017)
Riley Mullins (OSU undergraduate Health Sciences Scholars student 2015-2016)
Kyle Jablonski, BS (Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Sciences)
Kyle Jablonski completed undergraduate degrees in microbiology and pharmaceutical sciences here at Ohio State. He pursued a strong interest in immunology throughout his time here in the lab. his project aimed to understand the mechanisms of macrophage polarization and identifying novel biomarkers and potential targets of therapy. Kyle Jablonski finished with a certification in Medical Laboratory Science.
Himanshu Savardekar was a Neuroscience major undergraduate student while in the lab. He worked on multiple projects involving Multiple Sclerosis and characterizing the impact of epigenetic modifiers on T cell activation & proliferation. He is now making the final push to obtain funding for his non-profit organization STRIVE.
Kamil Salam was born in Queens, New York and moved to Ohio when he was 6 months old While in the lab, he was an Honors undergraduate student at The Ohio State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. While in the lab, he worked on establishing biomarkers of Multiple Sclerosis. His next plans are to start Medical School.