Students are attracted to our program from all across the country and around the world to pursue research in immunology and microbiology. View the profiles below to learn about a few of our current students and the work they are pursuing in our program.

Students A-Q

Pradip Bajgain

Graduate Student


  • (832) 824-4727

Lee Call

Graduate Student

Alexandra Leigh Chang-Graham

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Science; Mentor: Joseph M. Hyser, Ph.D.

Zachary Christopher Conley, B.S.

Grad Student - 5th Year - Mentor: Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.


  • (713) 798-5127

Cinnamon L. Hardee

Graduate Student

Gene & Cell Therapy

Brittani Nicole Hays

E-Mail Access

Phoebe Lewis

Research Assistant (GS)

Cameron Landers

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine

Yong Lin

Graduate Student

Thymocyte Development; Immune Tolerance; Autoimmunity; Type 1 Diabetes; Thymus

Hsuan-Chen Liu

Grad Student-1st Yr

Daniel Enrique Morales-Mantilla

Predoctoral Fellow - 2nd year


  • (832) 824-4222

Emergency Hematopoiesis; Infectious Diseases; Therapeutic properties of Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells; Viral and Bacterial Superinfections

Jared Michael Newton

Grad Student-2nd Year

Nanomedicine; Immunotherapy; Drug Delivery

Ho Ngai

Grad Student-3rd Yr

Student R-Z

Arielle Raugh



  • (832) 824-0722

Wilhelm Salmen

Doctoral Candidate

Thomas Chung Tong Shum, Ph.D.

Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD)

Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine; Mentor: Cliona Rooney, Ph.D.

Jennifer Lynn Spencer

PhD Candidate


  • (713) 798-3423

Flaviviruses; Arboviruses; Sexually transmitted infections

Erik Stricker

E-Mail Access

Victoria Tenge

Grad Student

Dominique Thompson

Graduate Student

Jessica Lee Weckhorst

Grad Student-3rd Yr

Wan-Jung Wu

Graduate Student

Hannah Yan

Graduate Student - 2nd Year


  • (832) 824-4222

Microbiome-mediated steady-state hematopoiesis

Lin-Kin Yong

Ph.D. Student (4th Year) in Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Program

Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy; Pancreatic Cancer