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Post-Doctoral Students and Alumni

Chavez Carter, PhD

Chavez Cater

Chavez Carter received his PhD in Immunology and Infectious Disease from Cornell University in the spring of 2015. His thesis is entitled, "Tec Family Tyrosine Kinase in T cell-Mediated Response in Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis." He was working under the guidance of Dr. Avery August in Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine. Chavez received his MS in biology at Alcorn State University in 2008, studying the role of Tec kinases in T and B cell development, and the immune response to Listeria monocytogenes. After attaining his PhD, Chavez continued at Cornell as a postdoctoral trainee in Cancer Immunology.

Shawntawnee Collins, PhD

Shawntawnee Collins received her PhD in Immunology and Infectious Disease from Penn State in the fall of 2015. She earned her MS in biology at Alcorn State University in 2010. During her PhD work, she studied the role of the immune system in cancer prevention and therapy in the Nutritional Sciences lab of Dr. Connie Rogers. Shawtawnee accepted a position as a policy intern at the American Society for Nutrition in Bethesda, MD.

Walter Jackson III, PhD

Walter JacksonWalter Jackson received PhD in Immunology and Infectious Disease from Penn State in 2015. He earned his MS in biology at Alcorn State University in 2009. Walter studied the process by which breast cancer cells influence the development of megakaryocytes in bone marrow, and how that influences the degradation of bone. He worked in Dr. Andrea Mastro's lab in Penn State's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He received the 2013 Robert T. Simpson Graduate Award for Innovative Research while he was at Penn State. Read more about Walter in the article, Grad Researcher Investigates the Role of Specialized Bone Marrow Cells, published in Penn State News.

Jamaal James

Jaamal JamesJamaal James received PhD in Molecular Medicine from Penn State in 2016. He received his MS in biology at Alcorn State in 2010. He is studying the role of the B cell-intrinsic Vitamin D receptors in the resolution of gut inflammation. James is now a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Dr. Margherita Cantorna's in Penn State's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Archie Taylor

Archie Taylor

Archie Taylor received his PhD in Molecular Medicine from Penn State in 2016.  He received his MS in biology from Alcorn State University in 2010.  He has been studying the role of cytohesin splice variants in cellular migration in the laboratory of Dr. Lorraine Santy in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Taylor's research is supported through the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Fellowship, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, the Thurgood Marshall Fellowship, and a United States Department of Defense fellowship.