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Tulane Center for Translational Research in Infection & Inflammation

Technical Staff

Kejing Song, DVM - Medical Research Specialist
Dr. Kejing Song received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from China Agricultural University in 1987 and Master of Science (MS) degree from University of Iowa in 1998. She is specialized in molecular biology, immunology and animal sciences. After completion of her training in U.S., Dr. Song has worked in the biomedical research field for 20 years, published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers, and managed fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and cell imaging core facilities. Currently, Dr. Song is focusing on the Next Generation Sequencing Core. Her other interest of study is antibody specificity and lung function in cystic fibrosis patients.

Ivy Sandquist - Medical Research Technician
Ivy Sandquist is a recent graduate of the Tulane Microbiology and Immunology Master’s program working as a lab technician in Dr. Kolls lab. Her work currently focuses on creating a murine model of infection of Klebsiella pneumoniae sequence type 258, the leading cause of carbapenemase-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection. This multidrug resistant opportunistic nosocomial pathogen poses a major threat to health facilities in the United States and globally. Understanding the immunological mechanisms of infection susceptibility and clearance by studying pulmonary ST258 infections in different murine genetic models will allow for conception of innovative treatments in the healthcare setting. In addition to this work, she is currently helping with the creation of a transgenic mouse capable of producing GM-CSF after Th7 cell development loss and on the construction of a Klebsiella pneumoniae vaccine based on OMV antigen stimulation.

 Alanna Wanek - Medical Research Technician
Alanna Wanek has a degree in electrical engineering with a focus on big data analysis and bioinformatics.  She is currently applying shotgun metagenomics to RNA-sequenced samples from severe asthma patients as part of a project to help establish a new paradigm on which novel therapeutics for steroid-refractory severe asthma could be developed.  She also manages the data acquisition and data processing for the NextGen Sequencing Core which offers DNA and RNA sequencing on Illumina’s NextSeq 550 and single-cell analysis using 10X Genomic’s Chromium Controller.

Trevon Clark - Medical Research Technician