Lab Members

Delores Ching Wen Tseng, PhD

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Tseng completed her doctoral dissertation on S. aureus two-component regulatory systems in the lab of George Steward, PhD at Kansas State University. She joined the lab in 2006 and studied the role of the Panton-Valentine leukeocidin in CA-MRSA pathogenesis and the impact of aging on S. aureus infection. She is the recipient of an Aspire Young Investigator Award from Pfizer in 2011 and is currently a research scientist at Cedars-Sinai.

Stacey Kolar, PhD

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Kolar obtained her PhD from the University of South Florida in the lab of Lindsey Shaw, PhD. For her thesis project, she studied the two-component system, nsaRS, in Staphylococcus aureus and the post-translational regulation of S. aureus virulence factors by secreted proteases. Her current research focuses on the role of bacterial hyaluronidases in immune evasion.

Marisel Sanchez

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Sanchez hails from Puerto Rico, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science at the University of Puerto Rico. She joined a post-baccalaureate program at Duke University and subsequently joined the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Her thesis project investigates the question of why S. aureus does not induce a protective adaptive immune response to reinfection.

Caroline Isner, MD

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Isner completed her residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is currently an infectious disease fellow at Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Multi-campus Program. Her project in the lab focuses on the role of S. aureus cell wall components in the induction of inflammation and antibiotic resistance.

Heather Hindo, MD

Research Scientist

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Hindo completed her pediatric residency at Akron Children's Hospital, and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. She is an infectious disease physician at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Hindo's research focuses on the role of the Panton-Valentine leukocidin in myositis.

Sabrina Mueller, PhD

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Mueller completed her PhD studies in Thomas Reinheckel, PhD laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Medicine and Cell Research at the University of Freiburg (Germany). In her graduate work, she focused on the role of endolysosomal cysteine proteases in the macrophage-mediated response to Staphylococcus aureus. As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of George Liu, MD, PhD and David Underhill, PhD, she currently investigates the impact of antibiotic treatment of methicillin-resistant S. aureus on the onset of inflammation.

Bethany Berg, MS

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Berg received her master's degree from University of California, San Diego in the lab of Judy Kim, PhD. For her thesis, she studied the metalloprotein, azurin, in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its properties as a biophysical model for understanding electron transfer processes in more complex systems such as ATP synthase and photosystem II. Her current research focuses on bacterial glycosaminoglycan lyases in immune evasion.
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