Emmy Dove

Emmy Dove

Lab Manager
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Emmy handles managerial responsibilities for the lab. These include ordering supplies, managing safety trainings, maintaining equipment, and shipping materials to collaborators.

Jackson Marakalala

Jackson Marakalala

Visiting Scientist
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Mohlopheni (Jackson) is interested in host factors that drive lung granuloma progression in TB patients. He is also interested in genes utilized by M. tuberculosis to subvert macrophage killing effects. Office: University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Jeffrey Wagner

Jeffrey Wagner

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Jeff’s work focuses on developing a Mycobacterium tuberculosis human challenge strain for use in vaccine development. He is currently designing a strain “kill switch” to allow for safe implementation, and also experimenting with different methods to detect bacterial loads in the lung.

Chidi Akusobi

Chidi Akusobi

Graduate Student
Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Chidi is interested in studying how mycobacteria regulate protein translation in response to environmental stress. He specifically focuses on translation initiation as a critical point where mycobacteria regulate protein synthesis as an adaptive response.