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Chair, Department of Microbiology
Jan T. Vilcek Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis
Alexandria Center for Life Sciences - West Tower
430 East 29th Street
Office Rm. 503, Lab Rm. 560
New York, NY 10016
Office: (212) 263-1080
Lab: (212) 263-1081
Email: Jeffrey.Weiser@nyulangone.org

JEFFREY N. WEISER, MD

Education: 

  • B.S. (Biological Sciences) Stanford University, 1979

  • M.D. Harvard University, 1984

  • Resident in Pediatrics, University of Washington, 1984-87

  • Research Fellow, Oxford University, 1987-89

  • Research Associate, Rockefeller University, 1989-92 

 

Faculty appointments: 

  • Professor of Microbiology and Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (through 12/31/14)

  • Jan T. Vilcek Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis, New York University School School of Medicine (2015 - )

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ANNA ABRUZZO

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

DEGREE(S):

BA in Biology and History, Swarthmore College '20

I'M FROM:

NYC

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding the factors driving competition among pneumococcal strains during colonization and transmission

KRISTEN LOKKEN-TOYLI

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

DEGREE(S):

PhD in Microbiology, UC Davis

I'M FROM:

Minnesota

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Elucidation of host factors that drive susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections in children; identification of age-related differences in mucosal defense mechanisms.

FUN FACT:

I had a fear of needles so I became a phlebotomist.

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SURYA AGGARWAL

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

DEGREE(S):

PhD in Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 2020

I'M FROM:

Punjab, India

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding microbial and host factors that influence pneumococcal adaptation, colonization and transmission

FUN FACT:

I've lived on four continents.

CATHERINA MOBINI

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

DEGREE(S):

BS in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh ‘20

I'M FROM:

Queens, New York

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding the mechanistic role of the upper respiratory tract microbiota in influenza virus transmission

FUN FACT:

I once won a hula hooping contest – last woman standing.

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CHERN WEI 'GAVYN' BEE

GRADUATE STUDENT

DEGREE(S):

BS in Biological Sciences, Cornell University ‘16

I'M FROM:

Penang, Malaysia

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding how systemic innate immunity at different ages of an organism (i) is functionally primed and (ii) factors into microbial susceptibility.

FUN FACT:

Guess who’s a firstborn of his generation on both sides of the family? (Also, I love carrot juice with milk – it’s a popular drink from where I’m from! :P )

MILA ORTIGOZA

CLINICAL INSTRUCTOR

DEGREE(S):

Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai '11

Doctor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai '13

I'M FROM:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding the biology of transmission of influenza virus and other respiratory pathogens.

FUN FACT:

I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls, and am a citizen of 3 countries.

JENNIFER PAGANO

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

DEGREE(S):

BA in Pscyhology, UCONN '10

I'M FROM:

Originally from CT, but I consider myself a New Yorker by now :)

FUN FACT:

I was in commercials as a child, so there's a chance you've seen me in a Nickelodeon or random toy ad. (shout out to all the 90's/early 2000's kids)

PNEUMO THE FISH

POSTDOCTORAL FISH

DEGREE(S):

PhD in Swimming

I'M FROM:

Asia

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

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FUN FACT:

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