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  • Paul Bollyky

    Paul Bollyky

    Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Microbiology and Immunology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our lab studies how immune responses are regulated within inflamed or infected tissues. We welcome research students with interests in immunology, structural biology, and microbiology.

  • Hector Bonilla

    Hector Bonilla

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases

    Bio As a young physician at Louisiana State University, Dr. Bonilla focused on the Clinical Management of HIV/AIDS and HCV, two neglected and stigmatized diseases for which effective therapies were in their infancy. While learning the clinical aspects of the two diseases, Dr. Bonilla saw a need to create and organize a support community to promote understanding and management of the conditions. Subsequently, he went to Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio, and he continued his work where he specialized in HIV/HCV as well as in Infectious Diseases Clinical Practice. In addition to teaching medical residents and students, Dr. Bonilla participated in numerous clinical trials and developed clinical research projects. Furthermore, he led the Infection Renal Transplant Program, HIV and HCV clinics, and he participated in several cooperative studies with Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Bonilla?s interest in academia led him to the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor, Clinician, and Medical Educator in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Due to his interest in cytokines and immunological responses, Dr. Bonilla became a researcher at ImmunoScience Inc., a biotechnology company in California that works to develop a therapeutic HIV vaccine. Dr. Bonilla?s experience of treating HIV/HCV combined with his interest in inflammatory response is the driving force behind his desire to understand ME/CFS. Dr. Bonilla is a strong patient advocate, and he believes in integrated care?care in which physicians communicate and coordinate efforts to deliver the best medical outcome for patients. His ME/CFS patients are his inspiration, and he is committed to continuing research to seek answers to their health challenges.

  • Edward Brooks, MD

    Edward Brooks, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Infectious Diseases

    Bio Dr. Edward Brooks specializes in the treatment of HIV infection, hepatitis C infection, and sexually transmitted infections and has been certified as an HIV specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine since 2006. He has a special interest in HIV prevention through the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis, (PrEP), and is actively involved in educational and community efforts to raise awareness and expand access to this important intervention.

  • Arianna Celis Luna

    Arianna Celis Luna

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases

    Bio Arianna I. Celis Luna is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. David Relman. Her research will investigate the role of the GI microbiome on iron absorption during pregnancy. She aims is to elucidate a functional role for the microbiome during this critical time period by combining metatranscriptomic and metametabolomic data from in vivo samples with biochemical data from in vitro samples. She hopes to shed light on how iron-deficiency anemia, still affecting ~50% of pregnant women in developed countries, can be more efficiently treated or prevented.

    Arianna received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Montana State University in 2018. She worked in the lab of Dr. Jennifer DuBois where her research focused on how, at the molecular level, bacteria build iron into the versatile molecule known as heme and break it apart again. Her work examined how these reactions are critical for both pathogenic species, such as Staphylococcus aureus, and the resident bacteria of the digestive tract.

    Arianna?s work encompasses 6 published papers in journals like the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and ACS Biochemistry. She has presented her work in several conferences, including Gordon Research Conferences and the ASBMB Annual Meeting, and at Montana State University as part of the Kopriva Science Seminar Series after receiving the Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship.

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