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Rhea Coler's Bibliography


  • Hazem Abdelaal

    Hazem Abdelaal

    Fellow PhD

    Hazem got his bachelor’s degrees at Cairo University and his MS at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. He got his PhD in deciphering the virulence mechanisms of Mycobacterial infections at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests include developing vaccines and therapeutics against MTC organisms and NTM, and he works to advance diagnostic approaches for early detection of Mycobacterial infections. He has a passion for mentorship and teaching and enjoys photography and hiking.

  • Sabiriin  Abdi

    Sabiriin Abdi

    Student Helper

    Sabiriin is an undergraduate at the University of Washington studying public health, global health and microbiology. She became interested in research from her biology coursework, which primarily focused on cell biology. She joined the 2021 Summer Scholars Program, which sparked her interest in immunology. She is interested in researching the biological frameworks that govern immune response and ways of utilizing the full capacity of the immune system.

  • Sasha (Larsen)  Akins

    Sasha (Larsen) Akins

    Research Scientist IV

    Sasha received her PhD in emerging infectious diseases from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In the Coler Lab she works to advance therapeutic and vaccine candidates against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in both preclinical and clinical settings. This includes designing and evaluating novel vaccine candidates as well as bacteriophage treatments in preclinical models of TB. She helps lead clinical trial efforts for an array of known and emerging infectious diseases including pulmonary infections like SARS-CoV-2. Outside of lab, Sasha enjoys traveling with her family.

  • Susan  Baldwin

    Susan Baldwin

    Research Scientist, Senior

    Susan’s interests include the development of prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and clinically relevant nontuberculous mycobacteria. She is also interested preclinical models and the use of adjuvant systems to steer effective vaccine-mediated immune responses against these pathogens.

  • Bryan Berube

    Bryan Berube

    Research Scientist IV

    Bryan’s research interests center around host-pathogen interactions and preclinical and clinical development of vaccines and therapeutics to impact human diseases caused by infectious agents.

  • Bryan  Brown

    Bryan Brown

    Acting Assistant Professor

    Bryan focuses on identifying biomarkers associated with progression to active Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. He is also interested in how phages can be used for effective post-exposure prophylaxis to Mycobacteria.

  • Debora  Ferede

    Debora Ferede

    Research Technician I

    Debora joined the Coler Lab as an undergraduate TRTC TB Scholar in January 2022. She is interested in vaccine development, and addressing distrust in healthcare and medical research among underrepresented populations.

  • Nim  Grewal

    Nim Grewal

    Research Technician I

    Nim joined the Coler Lab in December 2023. After graduating from the University of Washington, Seattle, she was inspired to work in a lab setting. Her background in SARS-CoV-2, mammalian tissue culture, Lentivirus production and flow cytometry led her to join the lab, where she works with the team to innovate therapeutic and vaccine candidates against Mycobacterium tuberculosis in both preclinical and clinical settings. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors, socializing with friends and family and cuddling with her pup.

  • Matthew  Harband

    Matthew Harband

    Research Technician I

    Matthew joined the Coler lab in February 2023. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2021, where he became fascinated with biology and excited by the many ways biologists can make change in the world. Prior to the Coler lab he spent time in the startup world, where the passion and accomplishments of several enterprising biologists helped inspire him to pursue research. He is also an avid outdoorsman and a passionate environmentalist and can often be found in the mountains with his friends.

  • Rakhi  Harne

    Rakhi Harne

    Fellow PhD

    Rakhi received her master of science degree in biotechnology from the University of Pune, India. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Coler Lab, she is working on the analysis of immune responses generated against various infectious pathogens including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, SARS-CoV-2 and schistosomiasis. Outside of lab, she loves to spend time with family and friends, try out new restaurants and travel to new cities and parks.

  • Suhavi Kaur

    Suhavi Kaur

    Research Technician II

    Suhavi has a background in preclinical research, specializing in monitoring the effects of test article during administration and in post-mortem tissues. Her passion for vaccine and therapy development originates from her drive to contribute to a more equitable future and society for all.

  • Dana  Miller

    Dana Miller

    Research Technician I

    Dana joined the Coler Lab in October 2021. She graduated with honors from Arizona State University in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in applied biological sciences and a goal to work in biological research. Her interests include novel therapeutic development and improving therapeutic outcomes for high-risk individuals with M.tb. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing tabletop role-playing games with friends and spending time with her family.

  • Deepika  Nag

    Deepika Nag

    Fellow PhD

    Deepika got her Ph.D. in Microbiology from CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource & Technology and Guru Nanak Dev University, India. Her research interest focuses on the development of advance therapeutics and vaccines against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M.tb, in preclinical and clinical settings. Apart from research, she enjoys yoga, meditation, painting, and hiking.

  • Tiffany  Pecor-Korman

    Tiffany Pecor-Korman

    Research Associate III

    Tiffany joined the Coler Lab in 2016, is the unofficial lab manager and does much of the ordering; scheduling; IACUC submissions and amendments; IRB submissions and continuing reviews; and personnel training. Tiffany is also our resident expert at endpoint ELISAs that have been qualified or validated against mycobacteria, SARS-CoV2, schistosomiasis, mycobacteria phages and RSV.

  • Thomas  Smytheman

    Thomas Smytheman

    Research Technician II

    Thomas studied genetic epilepsy disorders with the Kalume Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Washington. Now, in the Coler Lab, he is interested in vaccine development and testing in the hopes of improving global health outcomes for children.

  • Alison  Wald

    Alison Wald

    Scientific Project Manager I

    Alison has been a project and program manager since 2011 and has worked with infectious diseases researchers at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington for most of that time. The IMPAc-TB project is a significant area of focus for her, and she also supports other Coler Lab projects.

  • Brittany Williams

    Brittany Williams

    Graduate Student

    Brittany is a graduate research assistant in the pathobiology PhD program. Brittany received her BS in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona. Her work in the lab focuses on TB co-infections, immunopathology, and vaccine development.

  • Zhiyi Zhu

    Zhiyi Zhu

    Research Scientist II

    Zhiyi focuses on qualified and validated Pseudo-neutralization and Plaque Reduction Neutralization Titer assays against SAR-CoV2 for clinical trials. He is also interested in vaccine development against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Nontuberculous Mycobacteria through the discovery of new candidate antigens and delivery to induce robust and effective immune responses.

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