Alumni Members of the Geuking Lab
Dr. Roopa Hebbandi Nanjundappa, Postdoc
Roopa’s research focuses on understanding how the intestinal microbiota modulates CD4+ T-cell responses in an antigen-specific manner. Roopa completed her PhD in immunology under the supervision of Dr. Pere Santamaria from the U of Calgary in April 2019. Then she finished six months of clinical research training to understand the medical management of complex disease, hepatitis B infection under the supervision of Dr. Carla Coffin. During her PhD, she discovered how a gut microbial molecular mimic to pancreatic beta-cell auto-antigen can protect the host from inflammatory bowel disease. Her PhD work raised a strong interest and curiosity in her towards host and microbiota interaction.
Dr. Regula Burkhard, Postdoc
Gabriela Quiroz-Olguin, PhD Student
Gabriela is a PhD student from Mexico. She is visiting the Geuking and McCoy's lab for 6 months (10/19-03/20), to learn microbiome sequencing and IgA-SEQ. While working as a certified dietitian in Mexico City, Gabriela completed a Master’s Degree in Education at Universidad Tecnológica de Mexico. She then started a PhD in Clinical Nutrition at the Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City working on the effect of fasting and enteral stimulation on the IgA concentration in saliva of patients pursuing a stomal reversal. Gabriela is a great singer and guitar player. She like long distant running, completed several half marathons, and is looking forward to visit the vibrant Rocky Mountains.
Mia Koegler, MSc student
Mia has completed her MSc. in Immunology as part of the Leaders in Medicine joint MD/M.Sc in the Geuking Lab. program. Her research focused on the antigen-specific, adaptive immune response to commensal gut bacteria that disseminate systemically. Mia received the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Research Scholarship and the Dr. Joseph Davison Research Day Award. Mia completed her B.Sc. (Honours) in Anthropology (concentration Primatology) in 2015 at the University of Calgary. In her spare time, Mia likes to paint, play piano, sing, and go camping.
Noah Cooke, Honor's student
After completing an Alberta Innovates summer studentship in 2018, Noah undertook his Bachelor of Health Sciences Honors Thesis in the Geuking Lab. Noah was investigating whether outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) produced by commensal microbes could induce differentiation of CD4+ T cells. These nanoscale vesicles can function as vaccine platforms. Understanding how OMVs modulate T cell fate may allow for reprogramming of the CD4+ T cell compartment in autoimmune conditions. Outside of the lab, Noah enjoys cross-country skiing, running, hiking, cooking, and reading up on international relations.