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
Dr. Richard Manivanh
Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: richard.manivanh@pitt.edu
PhD: Dartmouth College
Project: Influenza virus genome assembly
PubMed Publications
Andrea (Janie) French
PMI Graduate Student
Email: andrea.french@pitt.edu
Bachelors: University of Wisconsin -Madison
Project: The impact of co-infection with S. Pneumoniae on influenza transmission.

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), 2019 – Darryl Abbott (PMI), 2020 – Janie French (PMI)