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LAB TEAM

Jarosinski Lab – Summer 2018

DR. KEITH JAROSINSKI

DR. KEITH JAROSINSKI

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiology

Brief biography. Dr. Jarosinski came to UIUC in August of 2016. He grew up in Upstate/Western NY raising ornamental avian species and playing many sports. He received his BS in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1995 and his PhD in Microbiology from the State University of NY (SUNY) Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY (now Upstate Medical University) in 1995. After completing his PhD, he spent 12 years at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Dr. Karel A. Schat’s laboratory as a USDA-funded post-doctoral fellow (1999-2003) and Research Associate (2003-2008). He then was a Senior Research Associate (2008-1011) in Dr. Nikolaus Osterrieder’s laboratory.  Before coming to UIUC, he spent 5 years (2011-2016) at the University of Iowa as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the Carver College of Medicine.  His research has focused mainly on Marek’s disease (MD) pathogenesis using chickens as a model for understanding how herpesviruses cause disease and transmit from host-to-host.  When not in the lab, Dr. Jarosinski enjoys working outside in the Spring, Summer, and Fall and playing ice hockey in the Winter.

Email: kj4@illinois.edu
Phone: (217) 300-4322

Dr. NAGENDRA PRABHU PONNURAJ

Dr. NAGENDRA PRABHU PONNURAJ

VETERINARY RESEARCH SPECIALIST

Brief biography. Prabhu began in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab in June of 2017.  He received his BS and MS degrees in Biochemistry at Madurai Kamaraj University and Bharathidasan University, respectively, in Tamil Nadu, India.  He then completed his PhD in 2011 studying the effect of astaxanthin on the early stages of neoplastic transformation in rats at the University of Madras. Prabhu then came to the USA as a Post-doctoral Research Associate in Dr. Rex Gaskins lab, followed by Dr. Daniel Rock’s lab. He studied NQ01-mediated anti-cancer strategies in Dr. Gaskin’s laboratory for 2 years, followed by Poxviruses in Dr. Rock’s laboratory.  Currently, he is working on multiple aspects of Marek’s disease virus, including proteomic studies in vitro and in vivo.

Email: naguponu@illinois.edu

ANDREA LYNN KRIETER

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN PATHOBIOLOGY

Brief biography. Andrea began in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab in August of 2017. She is a native of the Chicago suburbs. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northern Michigan University  and completed her B.S. in Biochemistry with an English minor. Her research focuses on the role conserved herpesviral protein kinases play during replication and host-to-host transmission.

Email: krieter2@illinois.edu

YVETTE TIEN

DR. YVETTE (YUNG-TIEN) TIEN

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN PATHOBIOLOGY

Brief biography. Yvette (Yung-Tien) began in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab in August of 2017.  She is originally from Taiwan.  She received her DVM in 2010 from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan where she also completed a Masters of Veterinary Medicine in 2012.  Yvette then came the USA to complete a Master of Veterinary and Biomedical Science from the University of Georgia-Athens.  Her research projects focus on the improvement of Marek’s disease vaccines by understanding the complex replication of Marek’s disease virus in vitro and vivo. She is also participating in the UIUC Pathology Program and is independently funded through a fellowship from the Taiwanese Ministry of Education.

Email: yttien2@illinois.edu

WIDALIZ VEGA-RODRIGUEZ

WIDALIZ VEGA-RODRIGUEZ

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN PATHOBIOLOGY

Brief biography. Widaliz came from Puerto Rico where she finished her B.S. in Biological Sciences (2017) at the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla. She joined the lab in May of 2017. Her thesis projects focuses on the role glycoprotein C (gC) plays during Marek’s disease virus (MDV) replication and host-to-host transmission.

Email: widaliz2@illinois.edu

KATHERINE ANJALI FLECK

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT HOURLY

Brief biography. Katherine began in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab in May 2018.  She is a native of Memphis, TN, and is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Biochemistry at the UIUC. Her senior thesis project focuses on the identifying cellular targets of RLORF4 protein in Marek’s disease virus (MDV). She plans to attend graduate school.

Email: kfleck2@illinois.edu

MICHAEL R.  BROOKS

SUMMER RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM

Brief biography. Michael is a second year DVM student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at UIUC and is currently in the 2018 Summer Research Training Program. He is originally from Central Florida, where he completed a BS in Molecular Biology at the University of Central Florida. He is working on a latency/reactivation model for herpesviruses. His goal is to pursue specialty training, possibly in internal medicine.

Email: mbrooks4@illinois.edu

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Jarosinski Lab – Spring 2018

SNEHA CHERUKURI

SNEHA CHERUKURI

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Brief biography. Sneha began in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab during the summer of 2017.  She completed her BS in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program at the UIUC in the spring of 2018.   She plans to attend graduate school.

Email: spcheru2@illinois.edu

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