• Victoria CampodonicoVictoria L. Campodónico, M.D., Ph.D.

    Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

    E-Mail: vcampod1@jhmi.edu

    I received my medical degree from the National University of Cuyo, Argentina and completed my residency training in Internal Medicine at the Luis C. Lagomaggiore Hospital, National University of Cuyo. After graduating from residency, I completed a Fellowship in Research at the Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. During this time, I received training in vaccination strategies to prevent Pseudomonas aeruginosa pulmonary infection in patients with cystic fibrosis and other predisposing conditions. This track sparked my career interest in microbial pathogenesis and I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology, which I obtained from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2013. I joined the Karakousis lab in 2014. I am studying the metabolic adaptations associated with M. tuberculosis rpoB mutation.

    Hobbies: spending time with my husband and three children, cooking, camping, craft projects, traveling, watching sports and organizing everything, though I don’t really have time for most of them.

  • Michael PinnMichael Pinn, B.S.

    Position: Senior Research Specialist

    E-Mail: mpinn1@jhmi.edu

    I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University. I am responsible for all studies involving aerosol infections of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and chemotherapy in small animal models.

    Hobbies: Baltimore sports fan, car enthusiast, passionate about the grill, love to travel but hate the traffic.

  • Noton K. Dutta, Ph.D.Noton K. Dutta, Ph.D.

    Position: Research Associate

    E-Mail: ndutta1@jhmi.edu

    I obtained my Ph.D. from Jadavpur University, India, and did postdoctoral research at Seoul National University, South Korea and Tulane University, USA. I am presently working on multiple projects, including a systems biology-based characterization of animal models of latent TB infection and reactivation, and testing the efficacy of novel drugs and drug combinations in murine and guinea pig TB models.

    Hobbies: Traveling, reading, and cooking.

  • William MaternWilliam M. Matern, B.S.

    Position: Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering (Bader Lab)

    E-Mail: wmatern1@jhmi.edu

    I recieved my Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. I am a member of Dr. Joel Bader's lab in Biomedical Engineering but closely collaborate with the Karakousis lab. My work is focused on discovering faster therapies to treat M. tuberculosis and M. avium infection using high-throughput technologies such as TraDIS (Tn-seq) and RNA-seq. My day-to-day work blends statistics, code-writing, and in vitro data collection.

    Hobbies: Blogging, Cooking, Winemaking

  • Monika LooneyMonika Looney, B.S.

    Position: Ph.D. Student in Pathobiology

    E-Mail: mlooney@jhmi.edu

    I received my Bachelor of Science degrees in Microbiology and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016. I am currently a PhD candidate in the Pathobiology program at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, conducting my thesis work in the Karakousis Lab. My research focuses on uncovering mechanisms of action for host-directed therapies (HDTs), such as statins, in the context of active TB disease. From this research, we hope to gain a better understanding of how HDTs modify the host's response to infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis in order to enhance bacterial killing and reduce long-term damage to the host. I am also pursuing projects aimed at using next-generation sequencing to identify miRNA biomarkers that could help clinicians track a patients' disease progression, assess their risks of developing active vs. latent TB disease, and adjust treatment plans accordingly.

    Hobbies: Painting, Mountain Biking, Traveling, Volunteering

  • Alysha EllisonAlysha L. Ellison, B.S.

    Position: M.S. Student in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

    E-Mail: aelliso8@jhmi.edu

    I studied biology in my home state of Indiana and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. After graduating, I had the opportunity to participate in a yearlong internship in diabetes discovery biology at Eli Lilly and Company. Upon completion of this internship I accepted an offer to attend Johns Hopkins University, and decided to pursue a Master of Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. In the Karakousis lab I conduct research on the stringent response in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis. The stringent response induces a dormant state in these bacteria, which tolerizes them to first line anti-tuberculosis therapeutics, such as isoniazid. Through my research we are able to better understand the stringent response mechanism and the role modifying this process has in potentially reactivating and resensitizing M. tuberculosis to first line therapeutics.

    Hobbies: Baking, sewing, reading, and hiking

  • Grace RenGrace Ren

    Position: Undergraduate Student

    E-Mail: gren4@jhu.edu

    I’m a freshman at Hopkins from Seattle, WA. I’m mainly interested in infectious diseases in the setting of developing countries and how diagnostics and treatment can be tailored to those places. Outside of the lab, I’m an editor on Hopkins' public health research magazine, I dance on a hip hop team, and I love volunteering with inner city high school kids.

  • Leah HooverLeah Hoover

    Position: Undergraduate Student

    E-Mail: lhoover5@jhu.edu

    I'm a sophomore at Johns Hopkins majoring in molecular and cellular biology. I have a strong interest in infectious diseases. In particular I am very interested in antibiotic resistance in tuberculosis as well as the factors that may contribute to it. In my spare time, I enjoy trail running, singing folk music, and baking and decorating cakes.

  • Rachel LorencRachel Lorenc

    Position: Undergraduate Student

    E-Mail: rlorenc1@jhu.edu

    I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University studying chemistry and molecular and cellular biology. I am interested the molecular mechanics behind why the HIV+ population is significantly more susceptible to tuberculosis disease and understanding the host-pathogen interaction in Mtb infection. Outside of lab, I am the president of JHU Triathlon Club and am an EMT for the Hopkins Emergency Response Organization.

  • Sarah KohlSarah Kohl

    Position: Undergraduate Student

    E-Mail: skohl3@jhu.edu

    I am a sophomore at Johns Hopkins. I am currently studying molecular and cellular biology and public health. My academic interests include infectious diseases and epidemics, particularly tuberculosis, both on a molecular and cellular level and a population level. I am also interested in the challenges to providing health care to rural areas and to populations who typically do not have access. My other interests include cooking, skiing, and traveling. I am also involved with the club softball team and am an EMT.