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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Dr. James Thompson, Ph.D., jthomp2@ufl.edu

James Thompson Ph.D. is interested in manipulating the immune system to treat type 1 diabetes. He conducted his graduate training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. While there he was awarded a DOD breast cancer grant for his research developing human breast cancer vaccines in the laboratory of Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg. Doctor Thompson went on to conduct a post-doctoral fellowship at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute (EACRI) under the mentorship of Bernard A. Fox. There he contributed to phase I/II clinical trials vaccinating lymphodeplete cancer patients. Doctor Thompson is determined to apply what he has learned in cancer research, to suppressing the autoimmune response, which causes diabetes.  He will be conducting studies together with Dr. Todd Brusko, developing regulatory T cell therapies for type 1 diabetes.

Address:
University of Florida, College of Medicine Department of Pathology,
Box 100275 1600 SW Archer Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

Phone: (352) 273-9300

Graduate Students

Judit Csernyjcserny@ufl.edu

B.S., Genetics, University College, Cork Ireland

 

 

Kit Fuhrman, M.S.Kit.Fuhrman@pathology.ufl.edu

 

Technical Staff

Zhao Han, zhao@ufl.edu

Address:
University of Florida, College of Medicine Department of Pathology,
Box 100275 1600 SW Archer Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

Phone: (352) 392-4870

 

Amy Patela.patel22@ufl.edu

Lab Technician

 

 

Howard Seayhrseay@ufl.edu

Brusko Lab - Lab Manager

Address:
University of Florida, College of Medicine Department of Pathology,
Box 100275 1600 SW Archer Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32610-0275

Phone: (352) 273-9300

Administrative Support

Beverly Osbornadbaker@pathology.ufl.edu

Phone: (352)273-9260

Address (Preferred):
PO BOX 100275
Gainesville, FL, US 32610-0275

Work:
1600 SW Archer Road
Room M-654
Gainesville, FL, US 32610-3003

Undergraduate Staff

Phillip Lichlyterplichly0715@ufl.edu

Phillip currently a second-year undergraduate research student at the University of Florida working toward a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science.

Our laboratory is focused on creating antigen-specific Tregs in the hopes of suppressing the immune response against the beta cells. We are attempting to use lentiviral vectors to introduce genetic material encoding receptors to direct immunosuppression towards antigens targeted in type 1 diabetes. Phillip’s project is to use bacterial transformation to manufacture the plasmids containing the antigen specificity and suppression genes.