Paul Bollyky, MD, PhD – 2013
The fearless leader of the matrix immunology research army. Dr. Bollyky is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases and also the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Furthermore, he is a faculty member in the Stanford Immunology Program.
Paul is from Stamford, CT and went to college at Columbia University in New York City. He did his Ph.D. at Oxford University under Dr. Eddie Holmes. He went to Harvard Medical School for his M.D. He did medical internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and then Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Washington. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship under Dr. Jerry Nepom at the Benaroya Research Institute. He was appointed to the Stanford faculty in 2013.
Heather Ishak – 2014
Heather is the lab manager for the Bollyky lab. She is the go-to person to handle questions about protocols and all lab related business. She also assists in the diabetes and wound healing research.
Heather has a BS in Animal Science from UC Davis (2005) and an MS in Conservation Biology with a molecular emphasis from San Francisco State University (2007). Previously, she worked as a lab manager for the Mueller lab in the Integrative Biology department at the University of Texas from 2007-2012. Her previous research has included blood parasites in hawks and owls, coevolution of leaf-cutter ants including whole bacterial community analysis and genome assembly.
Mike is a shared post-doc between the Bollyky lab and the Heilshorn lab at Stanford who is straddling the line between immunology and bio material engineering. Mike is a Chemistry PhD from University of Wisconsin and we are excited to see how his skills can challenge our thinking about immunology and our hyaluronan projects.
SENIOR STAFF RESEARCHERS / MDs
Hedwich Kuipers – 2014
Hedwich straddled the Bollyky lab and Steinman lab for several years but is now a full-time Bollyky lab researcher. She is investigating autoimmunity from a neuronal background with a research focus in Multiple Sclerosis. Hedwich is also researching IL2 and heparinase.
Nadine Nagy – 2014
Nadine finished her postdoctoral research at Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle and then moved to join the Bollyky lab. Her research is focused on the role of hyaluronan during development and progression of type 1 diabetes (T1D). She is helping to develop the drug 4-Mu for clinical trials.
Gernot Kaber – 2014
Gernot has joined the Bollyky lab after a working for the Benaroya Research Institute. Gernot is involved in practically every ongoing research project in the Bollyky lab, because he knows how to do EVERYTHING.
Liz is an MD and a pediatric pulmonology fellow who is interested in pseudomonas and Cystic Fibrosis. In our lab, Liz is studying how Pf phage contribute to the disease burden in CF. She uses qPCR to correlate sputum phage counts with clinical outcomes in CF.
GRADUATE / MEDICAL STUDENTS
Jolien Sweere – 2013
Jolien Sweere is a PhD candidate in Stanford University’s Program in Immunology. Her work currently focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanism behind the immune suppression observed in chronic biofilm infections of the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Jolien uses flow cytometry, fluorescent microscopy, gene expression analysis and other techniques to investigate how individual biofilm components work together to suppress dendritic cell activation and antigen presentation. The ultimate goal of her research is to explore and develop therapeutic strategies to disrupt this biofilm-mediated immune inhibition.
Growing up in the Netherlands, Jolien pursued a BSc degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Utrecht, graduating summa cum laude in 2009. She obtained an MSc degree in Infectious Diseases and Immunology from Utrecht University in 2011. During her Master’s program, she worked in the lab of Rob Willems at University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the lab of Vijay Kuchroo at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Before starting her PhD program at Stanford University, Jolien was a visiting student researcher in the lab of Eugene Butcher at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, USA.
Carlos Medina – 2015
Carlos Medina is a PhD candidate in the Immunology program at Stanford University School of Medicine. His work currently focuses on understanding the mechanisms of long-term tissue-specific tolerance in allergic asthma. In tandem, he is working on ways of utilizing extracellular matrix proteoglycans to promote these tolerogenic lung responses, targeting the immunological root causes of allergic asthma. Carlos is a Ford Foundation fellow and a Stanford DARE fellow and serves the community through his role as President of the Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students.
Payton is a MSTP student and also in the Immunology PhD program. During the summer in 2014, Payton rotated in Bollyky lab where his research focused on airway hypersensitivity. He joined the Bollyky lab in 2015 and is working on how 4-Mu affects antigen presentation. He is also investigating 4-Mu impacts on organ transplants.
Graham Barlow – 2017
Graham is a second year grad student in the Immunology program. He is co-mentored by Garry Nolan and is working on the using high-dimensional imaging to study how cells coordinate in their native tissue contexts. He is especially interested in tissue architecture and how this organization induces and breaks tolerance, especially over long time periods.
Medeea Popescu -2017
Medeea is a first year Immunology grad student rotating in the lab for the Fall quarter. She is working with Jolien to study immune suppression by Pf phage in the context of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection.
Michelle Bach– 2017
Michelle is a junior majoring in Health Sciences at Stanford. She joined the lab in early 2017 to help with the Cystic Fibrosis bacterial and phage quantification. During the summer, Michelle earned a BioX summer grant to pursue more phage and Pseudomonas biofilm related research.