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  • 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.

  • Audrey  Byrne

    Audrey Byrne

    Student Helper/Undergraduate Researcher

  • Colin  Feng

    Colin Feng

    Research Lab Supervisor

    Colin joined the Jaspan Lab in July of 2019. He got his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Washington Bothell. He is currently assisting all members of the lab with their projects and experiments. The projects he works on involves studying the microbiota in women and infants. Outside of the lab, you'll find Colin eating a lot or drinking some brews.

  • Melanie  Gasper,  PhD

    Melanie Gasper, PhD

    Research Scientist IV

    A founding member of the Seattle site of the Jaspan laboratory, Melanie joined the lab in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow. Her postdoc work aimed to characterize how the vaginal microbiota influences innate immune responses of female genital tract epithelial cells. Prior to joining the lab, she obtained her PhD from the University of Washington where she led an interdisciplinary project aiming to understand how HIV pathogenesis-driven innate immune dysfunction increases susceptibility to mycobacterial infections. She additionally spent a year in Lima, Peru as a Fogarty Fellow, where she studied immunological correlates of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in Peruvian patients newly initiating antiretroviral therapy. Her current work as a research scientist examines innate immune alterations in infants exposed to HIV who remain uninfected, specifically in the context of the BCG vaccination.

  • Dana  Kamenz

    Dana Kamenz

    Research Scientist II

  • Sera  Lee

    Sera Lee

    Undergraduate Researcher

  • Brandon S Maust, MD

    Brandon S Maust, MD

    Brandon is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. He is currently investigating interactions between the immune system and bacterial and viral microbiota in the male genital tract and the impact of antiretroviral medications on enteric microbiota.

  • Donald   Nyangahu

    Donald Nyangahu

    Acting Assistant Professor

    Don is a research scientist interested in understanding host immune interactions with the gut microbiota. He completed his PhD in Immunology from the University of Cape Town where he studied the influence of the maternal gut microbiota during pregnancy and/or lactation or preconception maternal infections on neonatal gut microbiota and immune development. Don’s postdoc continued along this line of research. He is looking at how the gut microbiota in HIV-exposed infants influence vaccine response.

  • Katie M Strobel, MD, MS