People

Dr. Seema Lakdawala
Assistant Professor
email: Lakdawala@pitt.edu
PhD: University of California San Diego
Post-Doc: National Institutes of Health (NIAID)
PubMed Publications
Dr. Valerie Le Sage
Research Assistant Professor
email: valerie.lesage@pitt.edu
PhD: McGill University
Post-doc: Oueen’s University and Lady Davis Institute
Project: Defining the mechanism driving selective assembly of influenza viral RNA.
PubMed Publications
Dr. Jenny Jones
Postdoctoral Fellow
email: jennyjones_xyz@pitt.edu
PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Project: Imaging influenza virus reassortment.
PubMed Publications
Zhihong Qian  
Visiting Researcher (Tsinghua University Medical Student) 
email: zhihong@pitt.edu 
Bachelors: Tsinghua University
Project: Environmental constraints on influenza virus transmission.
PubMed Publication
Gabby Padovani 
Research Technician
email: GHP3@pitt.edu
Bachelors: University of Pittsburgh  
Project: Influenza transmission in ferrets
Annika Avery 
Research Technician
email: annika.avery@pitt.edu
Bachelors: University of California – Berkeley  
Project: Live cell imaging of influenza infected cells 

Elizabeth McGrady
Undergraduate Student
email: elizmcgr@pitt.edu
Major: Molecular Biology (focus: cell and developmental biology) 
Project: HA/NA balance in influenza assembly
Logan Hellinger  
Undergraduate Student
email: logan.hellinger@pitt.edu
Major: Microbiology 
Project: Q-PCR of influenza gene segments
Lab Alumni: 
Eric Nturibi (2015-2018)
Technician
Current Position: Medical Student at the University of Pittsburgh 
Publication: 2017

Ben Hoffman (2018-2019) 
Technician
Current Position: Student in the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Karen Kormuth (2016-2019) 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Current Position: Assistant Professor at Bethany College 
Publications: 2018, 2019  

Dr. Amar Bhagwat (2015-2019) 
Research Assistant Professor
Current Position: Senior Project Engineer at II-VI Optical Systems 
Publication: 2018  
 Undergraduate Alumni: 
2016-2017 Gabrielle Simon
2017-2018 Kyle Grabowski
Rotation/Summer Students: 
2016 – Elizabeth McGrady (UPCI Summer Academy)
2016 – Julia Loose (IBGP)
2017 – Azia Evans (PMI)
2017 – Chris Lee (PMI)
2017 – Benni Vargas (PMI)
2017 – Dan Evans (PMI)
2017 – Philip Ziegler (PMI)
2018 – Alex Wells (PMI) 
2019 - Xay Somoulay (PMI)
2019 - Alexis Duray (PMI)