Eisa's Science Blog


I am computational biologist focused on solving problems related to immunology and infectious diseases. My prior training was in Biology and Chemistry (BS 2006) and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (MS 2008). In order to gain more hands-on experience, I spent four years as a group member in Dr. Louis Picker's Lab, where I focused on immunological studies relating to HIV Vaccines. Our work culminated in a critical examination of vaccine-mediated correlates of protection in Rhesus Macaques (Nature Medicine 2012).

In 2012, I was accepted as a PhD fellow in the Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. As a PhD candidate, I am working under the guidance and mentorship of Drs. David M. Lewinsohn, Marielle C. Gold and Shannon K. McWeeney. I am contributing to a recently funded project by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (PI: Dr. David Lewinsohn) to study a population of tuberculosis (TB)-recognizing T-cells known as mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells. A key idea of the proposal is that MAIT cells may be harnessed as unconventional TB vaccine targets. Currently, I am focusing on novel strategies for computational immune phenotyping using CyTOF.