LAB TEAM

Jarosinski Lab – Summer 2019

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 1999. 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. NAGENDRAPRABHU PONNURAJ

VETERINARY RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Brief biography. Dr. Ponnuraj began in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab in June of 2017.  He received his BS and MS degrees in Biochemistry in Tamil Nadu, India at Madurai Kamaraj University and Bharathidasan University, respectively.  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. He 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

DR. HAJI AKBR

VETERINARY RESEARCH SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Brief biography.  Dr. Akbar joined the Jarosinski lab in May 2019.  His focus is to carry out research with real life implications that could help human and agricultural communities. He has more than 8 years of research experience in the field of -omics. He completed his BS in Biotechnology (2007) from University of Malakand, Pakistan and his Master’s degree in Molecular Virology (2010) from the Center of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Pakistan. He completed his PhD (2013) under the supervision of Prof. Juan J. Loor in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he worked on five different projects dealing with transition in dairy cows. Most of the projects used RNA-based microarrays, qPCR, fatty acid profiles, and bioinformatics analysis. After completion of his PhD research, Dr. Akbar joined Prof. Nakamura’s Research Group (FSHN-UIUC) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2013-2015) and further developed his research skills by leading a research project funded by the Center of Nutrition, Learning and Memory (CNLM).  He then served for two years (2015 to 2017) as an Assistant Professor at COMSATS University, Pakistan. Before joining the Jarosinski lab, he served in Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) as a NIH-funded Postdoctoral Researcher (2018 -2019) to uncover the interaction (via NMR) between different proteins involved in Alzheimer disease. Currently he is expanding his research career studying Marek’s disease pathogenesis under the supervision of Dr. Jarosinski.

Email: akbar3@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. Dr. 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 in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab focuses 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

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 was an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Biochemistry at the UIUC. Her senior thesis project focused on the identifying cellular targets of RLORF4 protein in Marek’s disease virus (MDV). She will be heading to the NIH this summer to participate in the PostBac Intramural Research Traineeship Award (IRTA) Program in Dr. Christine Kozak’s laboratory. Dr. Kozak’s laboratory is in the Viral Biology Section in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) focusing on the genetics of resistance to retroviruses, specifically genes that inhibit the early stages of viral replication.

Email: kfleck2@illinois.edu

Zeidy Garcia

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT HOURLY

Brief biography.  Zeidy is an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs, where she attended boarding school before choosing UIUC. As an undergraduate student, she has developed an interest in the molecular biology of pathogens and plans to attend graduate school. Currently, she is working with graduate student, Andrea Krieter, to learn more about the roles of the UL 13 protein kinase in Marek’s disease virus.

Email: zgarci3@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.  He will continue working on his SRTP project in Dr. Jarosinski’s lab during his second year of vet school.

Email: mbrooks4@illinois.edu

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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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