Science: Lecture and Roundtable
Table Leader Mini-Bios
Arthur Weiss, M.D., Ph.D.,
is the immediate Past President of AAI, an HHMI investigator, and
Ephraim P. Engleman Distinguished Professor of Rheumatology and
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology at UCSF. He received
his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and was a
postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer
Research in Lausanne before moving to UCSF. He has been an HHMI
investigator since 1982 and is Director of the Medical Scientist
Training Program. His research addresses the biochemical signal
transduction events that control T cell responses.
Gail Bishop, Ph.D.,
is an AAI Councilor and Carver College of Medicine Distinguished
Professor of Microbiology and Internal Medicine at the University of
Iowa. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was a
postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
She has been a full professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary
Graduate Immunology Program at the University of Iowa since 1998 and has
served on myriad grant review panels. Her research has focused on many
aspects of lymphocyte activation and tolerance, particularly
antigen-specific T cell: B cell interactions.
Janis Burkhardt, Ph.D.,
is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D.
from Duke University and has been at the University of Pennsylvania
since 2003. She is currently mentoring several graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows and is on the Immunology Graduate Group Student
Affairs Committee. Her research focuses on the role of the cytoskeleton
in T cell and dendritic cell function.
Patricia Fitzgerald- Bocarsly, Ph.D.,
is a Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University and carried out
postdoctoral research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her
research is currently focused on innate immune responses to viral
infection and the roles of dendritic cells and type I interferon in
particular. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and has
served as a Section Editor for The Journal of Immunology. Dr.
Fitzgerald-Bocarsly has also raised three children – the youngest is 17
– while she successfully built her career as a scientist.
Ph.D., is the Director of ITGR Biomarker Discovery Group at
Genentech in San Francisco. He earned his Ph.D. at Duke University and
was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to
Genentech in 2008, Dr. Monroe was Professor and Vice Chair for
Immunobiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and
Director of Cancer Immunology for the Abramson Family Cancer Center. Dr.
Monroe is the past Program Chair of the AAI Program Committee 2006 –
2009. For his exemplary service to the field he received the 2009 AAI
Distinguished Service Award.
Monica Mann, Ph.D.,
Medical Science Liaison with
EMD Serono. Her
expertise is in neurobiology and inflammation. She received her Ph.D.
from the Medical College of Wisconsin and did a postdoctoral fellowship
at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin using the mouse model of MS (EAE) to
study neuronal and immune system response during CNS inflammation. Her
corporate talents include
relationships and improving scientific communication between EMD Serono
and the key opinion leaders specializing in multiple sclerosis.
Daniela Verthelyi, M.D., Ph.D.,
is the Chief of the Laboratory of Immunology within the Division of
Therapeutic Proteins of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
She received her M.D. from the University of Buenos Aires and her Ph.D.
from Virginia Tech. She directs research in vaccine development and
autoimmunity and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She is
also involved in developing the regulatory guidance for pre-clinical
testing of therapeutic proteins and is the coordinator of the NIH/FDA
Cytokine Interest Group.
Alan Sher, Ph.D.,
is the Chief of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases, National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH. The main focus of the Sher lab
is studies of host resistance and immune regulation in parasitic and
other infectious diseases of global importance. Dr. Sher is a world
renowned expert on the immunopathology of T. gondii,
Mycobacterium spp. and Helicobacter spp., which he studies in
murine models. The ultimate goal of this research is effective vaccines
and/or immunotherapies. Dr. Sher is a sought-after lecturer and is
honored as an AAI Distinguished Lecturer this year. Dr. Sher is active
in several societies and organizations including the Trudeau Institute,
where he is a member of the scientific advisory board.
Gerald Sonnenfeld, Ph.D.,
is the Vice President
for Research and Professor of Biological Sciences at Binghamton
University, State University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research focus includes
understanding the effects of stress and space-flight on the immune
system. Dr. Sonnenfeld has been an active AAI member and is being
recognized with the 2010 Distinguished Service Award for dedication and
exemplary service on the Minority Affairs Committee. As Vice President
for Research, he oversees research programs within the university as
well as collaborations with industry.
Andy Kokaji, Ph.D.,
is a research scientist
at STEMCELL Technologies, Inc. in Vancouver, British Columbia. He
received his Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Alberta and carried
out his graduate research on T cell reactivation and memory responses in
the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Kane. Following his Ph.D., he pursued
further training as a research scientist at STEMCELL Technologies, where
he works on developing new cell separation products and has been able to
see projects go from inception to market launch.
Mitchell Kronenberg, Ph.D.,
is the President and CSO of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy &
Immunology and the Secretary-Treasurer of AAI. He received his Ph.D. and
was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech and then joined the faculty of
UCLA, where he became a full professor. In 1997, Dr. Kronenberg moved to
the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, where even as President
he has maintained a large lab of trainees and continued his prolific
research on NKT cells and how they grow and regulate other cell types.
He is an IMMUNOLOGY 2010TM Distinguished Lecturer, a Deputy
Editor of The JI, and is one of the most highly cited
immunologists in the world.
Patricia Cortes, Ph.D.,
is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Clinical Immunology at Mt. Sinai Medical
Center, New York City. Dr. Cortes received her Ph.D. from the
Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
She was then a postdoctoral fellow with David Baltimore before starting
her lab at Mt. Sinai. Her research focus is on the
mechanisms and regulation of immunoglobulin gene rearrangements.
Michele Hogan, Ph.D.,
is the Executive Director of AAI and the Executive Editor of The
Journal of Immunology. She received her Ph.D. from the University of
Minnesota School of Medicine, Dept of Lab Med and Pathology and did a
postdoctoral fellowship with Stefanie Vogel in Bethesda, MD. Following,
she moved to NIAID, NIH to the extramural research division (DAIT) where
she was Chief of the Basic Immunology Branch prior to coming to AAI in
1995 as Executive Director. Dr. Hogan has served on numerous committees
and boards related to non profit, foundation and scientific society
management and issues.
Susan Wolski, J.D.,
is a PCT Special
Programs Examiner in the Office of PCT Legal Administration at the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She began her tenure at the USPTO
as patent examiner in biotechnology and completed her law degree at
George Washington University during that time. Prior to joining the
USPTO, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a
Master’s Degree in Immunology from the University of Maryland. She has
also worked in research at the University of Maryland, the American Type
Culture Collection, and the Uniformed Services University, and in the
sales of scientific instrumentation for Beckman Instruments.
Lauren Gross, J.D.,
is the AAI Director of
Public Policy and Government Affairs. She
received her undergraduate degree from Yale College and her law degree
from New York University School of Law. She was a litigator in private
practice before serving as a legislative assistant to the late Senator
Claiborne Pell (D-RI) and as a counsel to the Senate Labor and Human
Resources Committee. Before joining AAI, she served as Director of
Health and Economic Policy at the American Nurses Association.
Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Integrated Department of
Immunology at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, with her
laboratory located at National Jewish Health. She is also Co-leader of
University of Colorado Cancer Center’s Immunology and Immunotherapy
Program. Her research expertise is in cancer immunology, with a focus on
developing cancer vaccines. Dr. Slansky received her Ph.D. from
University of Wisconsin, Madison and did a postdoctoral fellowship at
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before joining the faculty
Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular
Microbiology and Immunology at Brown University. She received her Ph.D.
from Marshall University and did a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown
University. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular
mechanisms controlling immune cell trafficking into infected tissues.
She teaches Medical Microbiology, for which she has received the Dean’s
Teaching in Excellence Award for the past five years.
Terri M. Laufer, M.D.,
is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
She completed her M.D. at Columbia University and did postdoctoral
training in the lab of Dr. Laurie Glimcher at Harvard University. She
blends her basic and clinical interests by running a lab focused on T
cell development and autoimmunity while also practicing rheumatology.
Dr. Laufer has also been the Course Director of the AAI Introductory
Course in Immunology from 2006 – 2010.
Sharon Stranford, Ph.D.,
is an Associate
Professor of Biological Sciences at Mount Holyoke College. She received
her Ph.D. from Drexel University and completed postdoctoral training at
Oxford University and the University of California, San Francisco. She
teaches courses in Cell Biology and Immunology as well as an Emerging
Infectious Disease Seminar. Her research involves the study of immune
responses to retroviral infections. Dr. Stranford is the Chair of the
AAI Education Committee and has led many sessions on the importance and
challenges of undergraduate research.