Meet the Immunology 2017 SLB speakers

November 28, 2016
Get to know your fellow SLB members who will be speaking at Immunology 2017.....

fritz.jpgDr. Jörg Hermann Fritz is Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Fritz obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology at Intercell AG (now Valneva AG) and the University of Vienna, Austria under the supervision of Drs. Alexander von Gabain and Max L. Birnstiel where he developed the novel vaccine adjuvant IC31, which is currently tested in clinical trials. During his postdoctoral training at the Institut Pasteur in Paris and at the University of Toronto he worked with Drs. Dana J. Philpott, examining of how Nod-like receptors shape the adaptive immune response. He did a second postdoc with Jennifer L. Gommerman at University of Toronto, studying the regulation of intestinal B cell responses. Since 2010 he is faculty at McGill University where studies function and regulation of innate lymphoid cells (ILC) and B lineage cells for their role in mucosal immunity in health and disease.


KGB-photo.jpgAfter receiving an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City, Philippines, Kristine-Ann Buela, PhD, worked at the Marine Science Institute of the University of the Philippines as a junior researcher, and then worked as Faculty Assistant at the University of Maryland with the Nanomagnetics group. She entered the graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, in the Department of Ophthalmology, where she obtained her Ph.D. focused on immunology in 2015. Dr. Buela is a recipient of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America research fellowship award and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in mucosal immunology at Case Western Reserve University.


Guo_Yin.jpgDr. Yin Guo obtained her MD degree at Zunyi Medical College, China in 2010. She completed her PhD training in Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology at Vanderbilt University in 2016 and is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow in Department of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Her studies have focused on mechanisms of sepsis-induced systemic inflammation and organ injury with emphasis on the roles of natural killer (NK), NKT and cytotoxic CD8+ T lymphocytes. Further studies have been performed to evaluate the mechanisms of NK, NKT and T lymphocyte maintenance and activation during sepsis with emphasis on the cytokine interleukin-15 (IL-15). Currently, she is interested in the development of immunotherapeutic approaches to reverse sepsis-induced immunosuppression and improve survival of patients with prolonged sepsis.

Jamie Sturgill received her BS in Biology from the University of KentuckyJLS-2.jpg and her PhD in Immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at VCU in the School of Nursing. Her research focuses on the the role of inflammatory lipids in lung disease. Specifically I focus on sphingolipids and how aberrant sphingolipid levels lead to allergic airway disease.