Lab Team, Current Projects

Kenneth J. Oestreich, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Associate Professor
Microbial Infection and Immunity Department, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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

 

 


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Kaitlin A. Read, M.S.
Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences Graduate     
Program, The Ohio State University College of
Medicine
M.S. – Biological Sciences, Cell and Organ Systems – University of Delaware, 2013 (Laboratory of Dr. Michelle Parent)
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.

 


Michael Powell, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Ph.D. – Immunology/Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health – Virginia Tech, 2019 (Laboratory of Dr. Ken Oestreich)
B.S.
– Bioengineering – University of Maryland, 2013
Current research project/focus: Determining regulatory requirements for T follicular helper cell development.

 


Bharath headshotBharath Sreekumar, M.S.
Graduate Student, Translational Biology Medicine and Health (TBMH) Ph.D. program, Virginia Tech
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.

 


   Devin Jones
   Graduate Student, Biomedical Sciences Graduate     
   Program, The Ohio State University College of
   Medicine
   B.S. – Biological Sciences – The College of 
   William&Mary, 2018

 


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Simran ‘Nikki’ Sandhu
Medical Student Researcher, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
B.S. – Biological Sciences – Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

 

 


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

 


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Medical Student Researcher, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
B.A. – Molecular and Cellular Biology – University of California at Berkeley, 2014

 


Oestreich Lab Alumni

Jawad headshotShah ‘Jawad’ Zafar, M.D.
Former Medical Student Researcher for the Oestreich Lab, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
M.D. – Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, 2017
M.H.S. – Molecular Microbiology and Immunology – Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
B.S. – Biological Sciences – University of Maryland, 2011
Currently: Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Maryland


Ian D. Cooley, M.D.Cooley Headshot 2017
Former Medical Student Researcher for the Oestreich Lab, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
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: Pursuing her Ph.D. at Wake Forest University


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 in the laboratory of Dr. Laurie E. Harrington

 


Ashmin Singh
Former Undergraduate Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
Currently: Pursuing her MD at Kansas City Medical School


Lena Chehab
Former Undergraduate Researcher for the Oestreich Lab
Currently: Pursing her DDS at the University of Maryland Dental School