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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, B.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.

  • Andres J. Gutierrez Escobar, Ph.D.

    Dr. Gutierrez Escobar, postdoctoral fellow in MEB and the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB), works on the Helicobacter pylori Genome Project (under the mentorship of M. Constanza Camargo, Ph.D., and Charles Rabkin, M.D., IIB), as well as a gastric cancer genome-wide association study in Hispanics/Latinos. His mentors in MEB are Dr. Camargo and Christian Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Sarah S. Jackson, Ph.D.

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

  • Zhiwei Liu, Ph.D.

    Dr. Liu, research fellow in IIB, examines the etiology of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-related cancers, including nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), and Burkitt lymphoma (BL). His mentor is Eric Engels, M.D., M.P.H. He is also working with Jill Koshiol, Ph.D., to understand the etiology of hepatobiliary cancers.

  • Qianlai Luo, Ph.D.

    Dr. Qianlai 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.

  • Sally Peprah, Ph.D.

    Dr. Peprah, postdoctoral fellow in IIB, investigates risk factors and the role of malaria immunology in the etiology of Burkitt lymphoma; human papillomavirus infections among HPV 16/18 vaccinated women in the Costa Rica Vaccine Trial; and Kaposi Sarcoma among HIV-infected people in the United States. Her mentors are Sam Mbulaiteye, M.D., Aimée R. Kreimer, Ph.D., and Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., respectively.

  • Minkyo Song, 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.

  • Jeanny Wang, M.P.H.

    Dr. Wang, postbaccalaureate fellow in IIB, studies inflammatory bowel disease and cancer, in addition to immune-related conditions and cancer-specific mortality. Her mentors are Minkyo Song, M.D., Ph.D., and Eric Engels, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Elizabeth Zhang, M.Sc.

    Dr. Zhang, postbaccalaureate fellow in IIB, works on quantifying the impact of HIV on anal cancer incidence rates and survival in the U.S. Her mentor is Meredith Shiels, Ph.D.