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REINHARD HINTERLEITNER, PHD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Reinhard Hinterleitner is the principal investigator of the lab. Reinhard studied Biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. He received his PhD from the Medical University of Innsbruck where he worked on T cell signaling and cancer immunotherapies in the lab of Prof. Gottfried Baier. In 2013, Reinhard joined the lab Prof. Bana Jabri at the University of Chicago where he performed his Postdoctoral research on the intestinal immune system. Reinhard joined the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Immunology in 2018, where he leads his own lab trying to understand the crosstalk between intestinal microbes and the host mucosal immune system.

In his free-time Reinhard likes to travel and is up to all kinds of outdoor adventures. He is also eager to try all kinds of foods including insects.

SURYA PANDEY, PHD

Post-Doc

Since my master degree I have been fascinated by the intricacy and complexity of the immune system. With this passion, I pursued my PhD from National Centre for Cell Science, India in 2014. For my post-doctoral study, I moved to Yale University where I investigated the mechanisms of mucosal immunity during inflammation and infection in mouse models. My future goal is to delve deep understanding of intestinal mucosal immunity in gastrointestinal disorders, food allergy, and infections. 
Fun: Driving is my favorite thing and to go where I’ve never been! And ohh.. of course, partying with friends!

LEE HEDDEN, B.S.

Research Technician

Interests - I became a microbiologist by degree because I am fascinated by the world of interactions that are continually occurring in and around us that we can not see.  I became a molecular cellular biologist by trade which I have enjoyed for the same reason.  Outside the lab I enjoy most outdoor activities, video games, and sitting around doing nothing while watching TV.


Fun ? fact - I have traveled across the United States by car several times, and I have lived in seven different states; in cities ranging in population from 500 people to over 17 million.

MAGDALENA SILLER, B.S.

Master Student

Magdalena received a Marshall Plan Scholarship to study the intestinal immune pathways that contribute to food allergies.
Magdalena began studying Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna, Austria for two reasons. First, it was the only science not previously claimed by one of her siblings and secondly, because it is her passion. She is fascinated by the interplay of tiny molecules within the body and with the outside world that keep the human body running as it is.
She loves the outdoors, reads books as if there is no tomorrow, can get absolutely lost in a TV series and likes to cook, both old favorites and new creations.

YANLIN ZENG

Visiting research fellow

I am an undergraduate student at Tsinghua University, China. And I decided to study immunology when I was a visiting student in Beijing Xiehe Hospital. It is fascinating that immune mediated diseases affect so many different parts of the body while effective treatments are still limited. I’m interested to learn more about regulatory pathways and factors that impact on the immune system.
I love reading novels and listening to Korean pop music. Chatting and eating with my friends is the most enjoyable thing for me. I am a lazy person who hardly does sports, but I love to climb mountains or go hiking for a beautiful scenery. By the way, I really hope to improve my cooking skills.