Esterházy Lab

People

Daria Esterhazy

Daria Esterhazy

Assistant Professor, Pathology

Committee on Immunology, Committee on Cancer Biology, Committee on Microbiology, Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition.

Hometown: Vienna, Austria

Education and Training:

  • The Rockefeller University – Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013-2018
  • UT Southwestern-2012-2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • ETH Zurich Switzerland – Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • ETH Zurich Switzerland – PhD, 2010
  • University of Cambridge UK – MSci, 2006
  • University of Cambridge UK – B.A., 2005

 

Aliia Fatkhullina

Aliia Fatkhullina

Postdoctoral Scholar

PhD Fox Chase Cancer Center

Aliia is interested in the role of gut draining lymph node (LN) stromal cells and macrophages in sensing and responding to the local environment. Her project aims to define the importance of these understudied LN populations in conferring regional gut immunity and thereby immune homeostasis of the digestive system.

Jorden Lane

Jorden Lane

Immunology PhD Candidate

B.S. Biology, Towson University

Hometown: Waldorf, MD

Jorden is interested in how intestinal lymphatics contribute towards adaptive immune responses within the gut draining lymph nodes. His project utilizes intestinal insults such as infections to probe whether intestinal lymphatics actively contribute to adaptive immunity.

Dean Zhou

Dean Zhou

Immunology PhD Candidate

B.S. Biochemistry/Cell Biology and Economics, UC San Diego

Hometown: Hangzhou, China/Seattle, WA

Dean is interested in how different forms (cytosolic, secreted and surface) of tissue-specific antigens are being handled and presented under homeostatic and inflammatory conditions and whether hepatic and duodenal perturbations can influence the adaptive immunity of the pancreas via their shared lymph node drainage.

Macy Komnick

Macy Komnick

Immunology PhD Candidate

B.S. Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Tulane University

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

Macy is investigating how shared lymph node drainage in the upper small intestine shapes tissue-specific immunity.

Elida Nieves-Ortiz

Elida Nieves-Ortiz

Research Support Assistant

B.S. Marine Science and B.A. Animal Studies, Eckerd College

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Elida assists with lab procedures and maintenance. She is interested in studying implications of gut microbiota.

Ornella Ndatabaye

Ornella Ndatabaye

University of Chicago Undergraduate Student

Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda 

Ornella will be investigating how gut infections change how our immune system perceives gut-derived self-antigens. This will help in understanding how diseases that are considered autoimmune may be triggered.

Emily Schaffer

Emily Schaffer

University of Chicago Undergraduate Student

Hometown: Houston, TX

Emily is studying how infections and autoimmune T cells interact to cause autoimmune diabetes.

Fabiola Sepulveda

Fabiola Sepulveda

University of Chicago Undergraduate Student

Hometown: Miami, FL

Fabiola is studying how immune responses in the gut elicit inflammatory responses in the pancreas that may trigger pancreatic diseases.

Alumni:

Grace Liu

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2021-2023

B.S. Biological Science, University of Chicago

Follow-up position: Medical Student at the University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Hailey Brown

Immunology PhD Candidate 2019-2021

B.S. Biological Science, Carnegie Mellon

Follow-up position: Postdoctoral Scholar at Yale University

Julia Yescas

PREP Scholar 2020-2021

B.S. Biology, New Mexico State University

Follow-up position: PhD Student at Northwestern University

Tess Joosse

Research Specialist 2018-2020

B.A. Biology, Oberlin College

Follow-up position: UC Santa Cruz Graduate School