YoungHee Kim, PhD, received her doctorate from the Department of Molecular Biology, Pusan National University of Korea, where she performed functional studies of Ca2+, calcineurin and natural products in iNOS-gene expression, IKK activity and type I hypersensitivity. Her current research interests are in the roles of macrophages in carcinogenesis, autophagy and inflammation. For her work she has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently, she serves as professor in Pusan National University of Korea. She is doing her sabbatical work in the Shih Laboratory, leading research efforts to identify and characterize the roles of TL1A receptor(s) in mucosal immunology and fibrosis.
Ying Guo, PhD, received her doctorate from Kyushu University in Japan. Her PhD research was to determine the role of CD30 signaling in innate T cell differentiation and function. She found that CD30 signaling plays an important role in the activation of IL-17A-producing gamma delta T cells bearing TCR Vγ6 in host defense. Currently, Guo is in the Shih Lab leading research efforts on host-microbial interaction in autophagy.
Kotaro Kumagai, MD, PhD, received his medical degree and doctorate training from Kagoshima University in Japan. He has a clinical appointment as clinical staff of gastroenterology at Kagoshima City Hospital in Japan. His research interest is in the role of macrophages in wound healing. He joined the Shih Lab to lead research on the role of microbiome in the modulation of TL1A-DR3 signaling and mucosal immunology. Kumagai is also leading research in the differential roles of IL17 in TL1A driven mucosal inflammation.
Ariel Hamill graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s of science degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. She was a student researcher in the Miller Lab at UCLA where she studied type II secretion system in B. thailandensis. Hamill joined the Shih Lab in 2014 where she is working with Ying Guo, PhD to investigate the roles of autophagy in mucosal immunology and microbial processing. Hamill specializes in molecular biology techniques including qRT-PCR, confocal microscopy, histological scoring, Western blot and mouse handling.
Erica Flores graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's of science degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics. She was a student researcher in the Wu Lab at UCLA characterizing endothelial cell permeability and angiogenesis. Erica joined the Shih Lab in 2015 where she assists on assays related to TL1A-DR3 signaling in mucosal homeostasis and genotyping of mouse strains.