Cathryn Nagler Lab

Evelyn Campbell

Graduate Student, Committee on Microbiology

Evelyn is studying how microbial community dynamics and host cross-talk contribute to food allergy pathology and intestinal inflammation.


Evelyn received her B.S., Biology from Rider University, New Jersey in 2016.


Andrea Kemter, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Following the discovery of the allergy-protective effects of a mixture of Clostridia strains (Stefka & Feehley et al., 2014, PNAS), Andrea is investigating the mechanisms by which these bacteria boost intestinal barrier function and induce regulatory immune responses.


Andrea received her Diplom in Biology from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany, in 2011. She completed her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, Immunology and Infection Research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, in 2016.


Matthew Sabados

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Matthew works works with Shijie on targeted antigen delivery to induce immune tolerance.


Matthew matriculated to the College in 2018 and is working on his B.S. in Biology.


Matthew Bauer

Laboratory Manager

Matt leads the lab’s effforts in intestinal microbial analysis and characterization.


Matt has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Illinois State University. He has been working in the Nagler lab since he graduated in 2016


Sung Min Choi Hong

Technical Research Specialist, 2017-2020

Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering. West Virginia University
Sung received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2017.

Andrew Thompson

Technical Research Specialist, 2018-2020

Andrew received his B.S in Microbiology from Purdue University in 2018. 

Taylor Feehley, PhD

Graduate student in immunology, 2011-2016

Ph.D Thesis: “Commensal bacteria and their metabolites prevent sensitization to food antigens” 2017

Director, Corporate Strategy and Development, Vedanta Biosciences Inc, Cambridge MA
Senior Research Associate, Chardan Capital Markets, LLC
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Virgin Lab, Washington University, St Louis.
B.A., Biology, University of Chicago, 2010
Delegate to 2015 Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting, Lindau, Germany2015
AAI Lefrancois-Biolegend Memorial award for outstanding abstract in mucosal immunology
One of Forbes’ “30 under 30” bright young scientists.

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Shan Wang

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2017-2019

Lecturer at The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University
Ph.D., Microbiology, South China University of Technology, P. R. China, 2012 Thesis: “Characteristics and mechanism of immune cells’ death in cell-in-cell structures”
M.S. Med, Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, Wenzhou Medical University, P. R. China, 2009 Thesis: “An intracellular cell death distincted from entosis”
B.S. Med, Clinical Medicine, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Tongji Medical College, P. R. China

Elliot Culleen

Research Technician, 2017-2019

Medical Masters Program, University of Vermont
B.A., Immunology, University of Chicago 2017

Catherine Plunkett, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Scholar, 2016-2018

Post-doctoral Scholar, Northwestern University
Ph.D., University of Otago and Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand, 2016. Thesis: “IL-25 mediated immune regulation of intestinal homeostasis and microbial commensalism”
Bmedsci., Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry, Victoria University of Wellington and Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, New Zealand, 2009

Pedro Belda-Ferre, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Scholar, 2016-2018

Post-doctoral Scholar, University California San Diego
Ph.D., Biotechnology, University of Valencia, 2015 Thesis: “Omics approaches to study the oral microbiome”
M.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, Miguel Hernández University, Alicante, Spain. 2010
B.S., Pharmacy, Miguel Hernández University, Alicante, Spain. 2010

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Emily Beltran

Research Honors Thesis student, 2014-2017

Honors Thesis: “High fiber diets expand barrier strengthening commensal bacteria that prevent food allergen sensitization”

NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholar
Student at Rush Medical College, Chicago IL, 2019
Research Assistant at Rockefeller University
B.S. University of Chicago 2017.

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Lucie Fallone

Master’s Student Intern in Biology, 2016-2017

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Ecole Normale Superieure
Lyon, France

James Lawson

Student Intern, 2016

Washington and Lee University: Undergraduate Class of 2021
Hepp Computer Science Award Winner – 2016

Caitlin Yee

Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2016.

Programs Communications Fellow at Chicago United
B.S. University of Chicago 2017.
BCSD Summer Fellow, 2015. Project: “The role of commensal-mediated TLR4 signals in protection against food allergy susceptibility”

Rosita Aitoro

Visiting Post-doctoral Scholar, University of Naples, 2014 and 2015

Ph.D., Human Reproduction, Development and Growth, University of Naples Federico II, 2015
B.S., Medical Biotechnologies, University of Naples Federico II, 2011

Diana Bouhassira

University of Chicago Pritzker Summer Research Program

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Class of 2018
B.S., Chemistry, Haverford College, 2013

Sandeep Pawar

Post-doctoral Scholar, 2014-2015

Consultant, Navigant Consulting, Chicago, IL
Ph.D. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology University at Urbana Champaign, 2013.
M.S. Biotechnology, Madras University Chennai, India, 2007.
B.S. Biotechnology, Indore University Indore, India, 2005.

Pehga Johnston, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Scholar, 2014-2015

Postdoctoral Fellow in Gerding Lab at Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL
Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, Loyola University Chicago, 2013
B.S.,Biology, Central Washington University, 2004

Andrew Stefka

Lab Manager and Senior Research Technologist, 2008-2014

Clinical Research Specialist for Myeloma Program, UChicago Medicine
B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, 2005.
M.S., Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky, 2007.

Lucy Mailing, Ph.D.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Honors Thesis “Effects of bacterial metabolite butyrate and fiber-free diet on allergic phenotype in a murine model of peanut allergy”

Freelance Science Communicator
Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
B.A., Biology, Kalamazoo College, class of 2015

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Severine Cao

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Honors Thesis “Commensal bacteria induce barrier protective responses to prevent food allergen sensitization”

Resident in Dermatology, University of Michigan
Harvard Medical School, Class of 2018
Research Assistant 2012-2014
B.A., Biology, University of Chicago, 2013

Prabhanshu Tripathi, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Scholar, 2011-2013

Senior Scientist, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, New Delhi, India
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 2013-2015
Ph.D., Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi, India, 2011

Goo-young Seo, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Scholar, 2011-2013

Research Professor, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea
Ph.D., Kangwon National University, Korea

Onyinye Iweala, M.D., Ph.D.

Graduate student in Biological and Biomedical sciences, 2002-2009

Assistant Professor of Medicine, UNC Food Allergy Initiative | Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fellow in Allergy/Immunology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2015
Resident in Internal Medicine, Mass General Hospital, Boston MA
Medical Scientist Training Program, Harvard Medical School:
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 2010
Ph.D., Biological and Biomedical Science Program, HMS, 2009
Ph.D. thesis “Infection with parasitic nematodes confounds vaccine efficacy.” Vet. Parasitol. 2007
A.B., Harvard University, 2002
Undergraduate honors thesis “Influence of helminth infection on oral vaccines

Kabir Matharu, M.D.

Research Assistant, 2007-2008

Resident in Internal Medicine, Mass. General Hospital
M.D., University of California at Davis, 2013
B.S., Cornell University, 2007

Donald Smith, Ph.D.

Graduate student in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 2001-2007

Principal Market Access Writer, Evidera, Lexington, MA
Ph.D., Biological and Biomedical Science Program, HMS, 2007
Ph.D. Thesis “Preventing intolerance: the induction of non- responsiveness to dietary and microbial antigens in the intestinal mucosal”. J. Immunol. 2005
B.S., University of Maine, 1999