Allison has successfully defended her thesis entitled “Effects of a high cholesterol diet on the pathogenesis of influenza A virus infection in mature mice”. Congratulations Allison! We are fortunate that she will continue as a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Program!

We are going to miss Lisa!

Lisa Wetzel, undergraduate student worker extraordinaire, has graduated and will be attending veterinary school at Ohio State in just a few weeks! Further, her first author paper on how the enzymes Ido1 and Ido2 affect the pathogenesis of EAE is now published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity Health (!  Big congrats and good luck to you!!

Illinois MS Research Collaborative Day


It was a honor being part of the first Illinois MS Research Day.

Congrats to Katiria Soto-Díaz for her participation in the first Illinois MS Research Day presenting the “Effects of transforming growth factor beta-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) on astrocytes chemokine production and neutrophil chemoattraction”.

Left to right: Dr. Steelman, Lisa Wetzel (Undergraduate), Allison Louie (Graduate Student) and Katiria Soto-Díaz (Graduate Student)