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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.

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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!

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LUZMARIEL MEDINA SANCHEZ, B.S.

Graduate Student

Luzmariel Medina is a PhD student currently pursuing a degree in Microbiology and Immunology through the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her research interest is primarily in understanding how gut microbes impact the host mucosal immune responses.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh, she did a PREP program at the University of Michigan in Dr. Jason Weinberg laboratory. Fun facts: Luzmariel speaks fluently two languages, enjoys to kayak and her favorite holiday is Halloween!

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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.

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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.

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BRITNEY FITZGERALD, B.S.

Master Student

I graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a BA in biology in 2019. I am currently obtaining my Masters Degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. My interest in human medicine made me want to dive deeper into the field of immunology. It is fascinating how studying the immunology of mice allows direct insight into human health. After exploring these interests for a year, I plan to attend medical school.

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