Current Members

  Research Assistant Professor  jmanuzak@med.miami.edu

Research Assistant Professor jmanuzak@med.miami.edu

Jennifer Manuzak, Ph.D

Education: Ph.D. Immunology, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO, USA

B.A. Biology, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Research interests: Understanding the mechanisms of mucosal and systemic immune function in the context of HIV infection and examining methods by which these factors can be manipulated to the benefit of the host. Specific interests include understanding the effects of elicit substance use on HIV immunopathology and determining the impact of co-infections, such as malaria, on HIV transmission, pathogenesis and prevention strategies.

Interests outside the lab: Adult beverages of all kinds, traveling to far off lands, paddle boarding, camping, reading, arts and crafts, hula dancing.


  Research Support Manager   cjm297@med.miami.edu

Research Support Manager

cjm297@med.miami.edu

Charlene Miller

Education:B.S Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Montana State University 

Research interests: Neuropathogenesis of ZIKV and HIV; determining biological factors that may contribute to higher HIV acquisition rates in adolescent females.

Interests outside of lab: Hiking, kayaking, or just working out at a gym. I LOVE trying new restaurants and traveling to new places, as well as trying new wines and Belgian beers.


  Postdoctoral Research Associate   aleda@miami.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

aleda@miami.edu

Ana Leda, Ph.D

Education: Ph.D in Infectious Diseases, Federal University of Sao Paulo

MSc in Pathology, State University of Sao Paulo

BSc in Biomedical Sciences, State University of Sao Paulo               

Interests outside the lab: Beach, biking, beer and books!


  PhD student, Pharmaceutics   rycheu@uw.edu

PhD student, Pharmaceutics

rycheu@uw.edu

Ryan Cheu

Education: B.S. Biochemistry, Santa Clara University 

Research Interests: Determining how female genital tract microbial dysbiosis impacts pre-exposure prophylaxis efficacy and HIV susceptibility in women. Understanding the impact mucosal microbial communities have on immune profiles while working on the development of microbiota-based therapies to modulate host immunity and enhance drug effectiveness to improve disease outcomes.

Interests outside of lab: baseball, soccer, surfing, traveling, wine connoisseur, kayaking, hiking, pretty much anything outside


  Ph.D student, Biopathology   atgustin@uw.edu

Ph.D student, Biopathology

atgustin@uw.edu

Andrew Gustin

Education: B.S.- Middle Tennessee State University, Microbiology

A.S. - Volunteer State Community College, Paramedicine

B.A. - University of Illinois Urbana-Champagin, English/Rhetoric

Research Interests:Using molecular biology and metagenomics to examine breakdowns in commensal microbial communities at mucosal surfaces that impair host immune defenses.

Interest outside the lab: Hanging out with my pups and everything outdoors Seattle has to offer.


  Research Scientist   ernesto.coronado@wanprc.org

Research Scientist

ernesto.coronado@wanprc.org

Ernesto Coronado

Education: B.S Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego 

Research interests: Development of novel therapies to treat HIV disease pathogenesis and prevent HIV acquisition. Understanding the mechanisms that underlie mucosal dysfunction in the context of HIV. Understanding the effects of microbiota on HIV treatments and PrEP.

Interests outside of lab: Margaritas, live music, cooking, margaritas, making obscure Friends reference that nobody gets, margaritas.


  Research Scientist   CBroedlow@med.miami.edu

Research Scientist

CBroedlow@med.miami.edu

Courtney Broedlow

Education: B.S Genetics and Cell biology, Washington State University

B.S. Psychology, San Francisco State University

Research Interests:

Interests outside of the lab: Reading, baseball, anything outdoors, traveling, and FOOD