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

 


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

 

 

 


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Mustafa Rasheed
Medical Student Researcher
B.S. – Biological Sciences, Biochemistry – Virginia Tech, 2014
B.A. – Chemistry – Virginia Tech, 2014

 

 


Sol Moon
Medical Student Researcher
B.A. – Molecular and Cellular Biology – University of California at Berkeley, 2014


 

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