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Current Fellows in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch

Meet the fellows in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) and learn about their work.

  • Ilona Argirion Kabara, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Kabara, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, is working with Jill Koshiol, Ph.D., studying hepatobiliary cancer.

  • Francine S. Baker, M.S.

    Ms. Baker, postbaccalaureate fellow and iCURE scholar in LTG, explores the connection between Epstein Barr virus (EBV) infection and IFNL4, and its relation to health disparity. Her mentors are Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D., and Sam Mbulaiteye, MBChB, M.Phil., M.Med., Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch.

  • Loretto Carvajal, M.D., M.Sc.

    Dr. Carvajal, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, is conducting research on human papillomavirus virus (HPV) and its related cancers, with a special focus on HPV-driven head and neck tumors. Her mentor is Aimée Kreimer, Ph.D., senior investigator.

  • Cameron B. Haas, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Haas, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, is working to describe the burden of cancer among people living with HIV. His mentor is Meredith Shiels, Ph.D.

  • Sarah S. Jackson, Ph.D.

    Dr. Jackson, Independent Research Scholar in IIB, studies sex differences in cancer incidence and cancer risk among transgender and non-binary individuals.

  • Qianlai Luo, Ph.D.

    Dr. Luo, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, is studying cancer epidemiology in HIV-infected people with data from cancer registries and the HIV/AIDS Cancer Match Study. Her mentor is Meredith Shiels, Ph.D.

  • Jennifer McGee-Avila, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., C.P.H.

    Dr. McGee-Avila, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, is currently examining cancer risk and cancer burden in people living with HIV, using large medical claims databases and epidemiology population-based cohorts, under the mentorship of Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., senior investigator.

  • Jaimie Z. Shing, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Shing, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, examines human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine efficacy and impact on HPV-driven cancers, under the mentorship of Dr. Aimée Kreimer.

  • Minkyo Song, M.D., Ph.D.

    Dr. Song, research fellow in IIB, is working with Eric A. Engels, M.D., and M. Constanza Camargo, Ph.D., to investigate the associations of autoimmune diseases with cancer risk using large medical claims databases and epidemiologic population-based cohorts.

  • Erica S. Stephens, B.A.

    Ms. Stephens, postbaccalaureate fellow in IIB, is working with Drs. Aimee Kreimer, Jaimie Shing, Loretto Carvajal, and Monica Sierra to expand her knowledge of public health and gain experience in clinical and epidemiological research by investigating HPV-related health outcomes and cancers.