Lab Team, Current Projects

Ken awardKenneth J. Oestreich, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship – University of Washington, 2008-2013
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Emory University, 2006-2008
Ph.D. – Microbiology and Immunology – Vanderbilt University, 2006
B.S. – Chemistry – Tennessee Tech University, 2000
For Dr. Oestreich’s VTCRI webpage, click here.

 


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Kaitlin A. Read, M.S.
Research Specialist II/ Laboratory Coordinator
M.S. – Biological Sciences, Cell and Organ Systems – University of Delaware, 2013
B.S. – Biological Sciences, Biochemistry – Virginia Tech, 2009
Current research project/focus: Exploring the molecular mechanisms involved in T helper cell subset plasticity and function.

 


Powell headshotMichael Powell
Graduate Student, Translational Biology Medicine and Health (TBMH) Ph.D. program
B.S. – Bioengineering – University of Maryland, 2013
Current research project/focus: Elucidating the molecular mechanisms responsible for the regulation of Bcl-6 expression during T helper cell development.

 


Bharath headshotBharath Sreekumar, M.S.
Graduate Student, Translational Biology Medicine and Health (TBMH) Ph.D. program
M.S. – Cell and Molecular Biology – University of New Haven, 2013
B.S. – Industrial Biotechnology – Anna University, 2010
Current research project/focus: Identifying novel transcriptional regulators of T helper cell differentiation and function.

 


Jawad headshotShah ‘Jawad’ Zafar, M.H.S.
Medical Student Researcher
M.H.S. – Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
B.S. – Biological Sciences – University of Maryland, 2011

 

 


Simran ‘Nikki’ Sandhu
Medical Student Researcher
B.S. – Biological Sciences – Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016


Mustafa Rasheed
Medical Student Researcher


Sol Moon
Medical Student Researcher


 

Oestreich Lab Alumni

Ian D. Cooley, M.D.Cooley Headshot 2017
Former Medical Student Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
M.D. – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, 2017
M.S. – Biology – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2013
B.A. – Economics – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
Currently: Internal Medicine Resident at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 


Rachel Emily Martin
Former Undergraduate Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
B.S. –  Microbiology – Virginia Tech, 2017
Currently: Researcher in Dr. Andrew Allison’s molecular virology laboratory at Virginia Tech


Chandra headshotChandra Baker
Former Research Specialist I for the Oestreich Lab
B.S. – Biochemistry – Virginia Tech, 2007
Currently: Research Associate and Laboratory Manager for the Poelzing Laboratory at the VTCRI

 

 


Paul headshotPaul W. McDonald, Ph.D.
Former Research Scientist for the Oestreich Lab
Ph.D. – Neuroscience – Vanderbilt University, 2006
B.S. – Physiology – University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998
Currently: Senior Analyst at Proactive Worldwide

 


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Ashlyn Anderson
Former Undergraduate Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
B.S. – Biological Sciences – Roanoke College, 2016
Currently: Pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 


Ashmin Singh
Former Undergraduate Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
Currently: Pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech


Lena Chehab
Former Undergraduate Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
Currently: Pursuing a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech