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
B.S. – Industrial Biotechnology – Anna University, 2010
M.S. – Cell and Molecular Biology – University of New Haven, 2013

 

 


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Ian D. Cooley, M.S.
Medical Student Researcher
M.S. – Biology – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2013
B.A. – Economics – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009

 

 


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


Mustafa Rasheed
Medical Student Researcher


Sol Moon
Medical Student Researcher


Rachel Emily Martin
Undergraduate Researcher
Pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA


Lena Chehab
Undergraduate Researcher
Pursuing a B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

 

Oestreich Lab Alumni

Chandra headshotChandra Baker
Former Research Specialist I for the Oestreich Lab
B.S. – Biochemistry – Virginia Tech, 2007
Currently: Laboratory Manager for Dr. Steven Poelzing’s Laboratory, 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
Blacksburg, VA