Lab Members

Banoth Balaji, PhD

Banoth Balaji, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: balaji.banoth@cshs.org

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Banoth Balaji, PhD, earned his master's degree in biotechnology from the University of Pune, India, in 2010. Subsequently, in 2016, he pursued his doctoral studies at the National Institute of Immunology, India. Balaji studies how tissue-intrinsic signals modulate the inflammatory response via NF-κB signaling and aid in innate immune responses against Citrobacter rodentium. He joined the Sutterwala and Cassel Laboratory to continue his research interests in the field of innate immunity by deciphering the role of NLRs in inflammatory responses.

Eric I. Elliott

Eric I. Elliott

Graduate Student Email: eric.elliott@cshs.org

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Eric Elliott received his bachelor of science from Wheaton College, Illinois, in 2010 and subsequently joined the University of Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program that same year. He rotated in the Sutterwala and Cassel Lab in the summer of 2010, and following completion of the medical school curriculum, he rejoined the lab for his thesis training in 2012. Elliott is studying the role of cardiolipin in the mitochondrial localization of NLRP3 and caspase-1 and the cellular perturbations regulating mitochondrial inflammasome assembly during stepwise activation.

Emma Hornick, MS

Emma Hornick, MS

Graduate Student

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Emma Hornick obtained her bachelor's degree in biology from St. Olaf College and her master's degree in pathology from the University of Iowa. Her thesis work was focused on CD4 T cell responses to respiratory viral and bacterial infections. In 2015, Emma joined the Sutterwala and Cassel Laboratory, where her area of study is inflammasome-independent roles for nucleotide-binding domain leucine-rich repeat containing receptors during viral infections.

Nidhi Jain, PhD

Nidhi Jain, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: nidhi.jain@cshs.org

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Nidhi Jain, PhD, earned her doctorate in immunology from National Institute of Immunology, India, and a master's degree in biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. To further extend her interests in immunology, she joined the Sutterwala and Cassel Laboratory in 2015. She has worked to study the role of NLRP12 in neutrophil recruitment. Jain works in the Sutterwala and Cassel Lab to delineate the binding partners and the downstream signaling associated with NLRP12. She has recently started to look at the role of NLRC4 in inflammasome-independent pathways.

Alexei Lyzlov

Alexei Lyzlov

Lab Manager/Research Associate II Email: alexei.lyzlov@cshs.org

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Aleksey Lyzlov obtained his bachelor of science in biochemistry from University of California, Santa Barbara, and his master of science degree in biochemistry from California State University, Long Beach. His thesis project was on chronic kidney disease. He joined the Sutterwala and Cassel Lab in June 2016.

Alexis Miller, BSE

Research Associate I Email: alexis.miller@cshs.org

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Alexis Miller completed her bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa in 2016. With a background in biomedical and cellular engineering, she has experience conducting a variety of assays and techniques including immunoblotting, polymerase chain reaction, transfection and imaging/analysis of 3-D cell culture models.

Hengameh Sadeghi, PhD

Hengameh Sadeghi, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: hengameh.sadeghi@cshs.org

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Hengameh Sadeghi, PhD, obtained her doctorate from Universität zu Lübeck, in Germany. She joined the Sutterwala and Cassel Laboratory in 2015. Her research focus is on understanding how inflammasomes regulate wound healing during bacterial infection.