Delores Ching Wen Tseng, PhD
Delores Ching Wen Tseng completed her doctoral dissertation on S. aureus two-component regulatory systems in the lab of Dr. George Steward at Kansas State University. She joined the lab in 2006 and studied the role of the Panton-Valentine leukeocidin in CA-MRSA pathogenesis and the impact of aging on S. aureus infection. She is the recipient of an Aspire Young Investigator Award from Pfizer in 2011 and is currently a research scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Yoko Miyasaki, MD
Yoko Miyasaki received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, a Master of Science from Harvard University School of Public Health and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She completed her fellowship in infectious disease at the UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Multicampus Program. She is currently an infectious disease attending physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her research interests include the use of plant extracts to combat multidrug-resistant pathogens, the impact of antibiotics on host-bacterial interaction and the development of novel inhibitors against Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase.
Stacey Kolar, PhD
Stacey Kolar obtained her PhD from the University of South Florida in the lab of Dr. Lindsay Shaw. For her thesis project, she studied the two-component system, nsaRS, in Staphylococcus aureus and the post-translational regulation of S. aureus virulence factors by secreted proteases. Her current research focuses on the role of bacterial hyaluronidases in immune evasion.
Marisel Sanchez, PhD Candidate
Marisel Sanchez hails from Puerto Rico, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Puerto Rico. She joined a post-baccalaureate program at Duke University and subsequently joined the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Her thesis project investigates the question of why S. aureus does not induce a protective adaptive immune response to reinfection.
Caroline Isner, MD
Caroline Isner completed her residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is currently an infectious disease fellow at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA Multi-campus Program. Her project in the lab focuses on the role of S. aureus cell wall components in the induction of inflammation and antibiotic resistance.
Jenieke Allen, MS
Jenieke Allen obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science from California State University, Northridge. She works as a volunteer in the lab on a project that seeks to define the functions of the Panton-Valentine leukocidin toxin in CA-MRSA infections.
Heather Hindo, MD
Heather Hindo completed her pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital, and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She is an infectious disease physician at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Heather’s research focuses on the role of the Panton-Valentine leukocidin in myositis.