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Yasuka Matsunaga, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yasuka Matsunaga earned her Ph.D. degree at the Hiroshima University in Japan. After, she worked as postdoctoral fellow at Hiroshima University.  Presently she is postdoctoral fellow working in Dr. Kolls’s Lab. Her research focuses on the IL22-IL22RA axis immunity in the gastrointestinal tract using Citrobacter rodentium infection as a model of colitis.  Dr. Matsunaga is also studying regulation and function of the human IL22 binding protein (IL22BP). Her research is expected to lead elucidation of the role of the gut-liver axis in host defense against infection.


Naoki Iwanaga, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Naoki Iwanaga was affiliated to the Department of Respiratory Medicine and Department of Infectious Disease in Nagasaki Medical Center in Japan. He earned his Medical Degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Nagasaki University. He has been member of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine, Japanese Respiratory Society, Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases, and the Japanese Society of Chemotherapy. The main goal of his research is to find out the successful counter-measures against the multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae infections. He’s trying to elucidate the immunological mechanisms of susceptibility and clearance by studying pulmonary ST258 infections in different murine genetic models. Dr. Iwanaga also focus to innovate the vaccine strategies against the Klebsiella pneumoniae infections.


Kristin Noell, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kristin Noell received her doctoral degree in Toxicology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore located in Princess Anne, Maryland in 2018. She also received her Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science with a concentration in Biology (2010), and her Master of Science in Biology (2012) from Fayetteville State University located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She currently works as a post-doc where her project explores how γδ T – cells regulate mucosal immunity to K. pneumoniae, and if the IL-17 receptor complex signaling alters the transcriptome of recruited neutrophils in the lung.


Marjorie Bateman, MD
Internal Medicine Resident

Dr. Marjorie “Betsy” Bateman received her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine. She is currently an internal medicine resident at Tulane and hopes to pursue a career in pulmonary/critical care medicine. She is investigating novel diagnostic methods for Pneumocystis jiroveci.


Shiping Lu
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student