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Rolland Lab Scientists

Hongjun Bai
PhD in Physical Chemistry, Peking University, China, 2010
Research interests: structural bioinformatics and vaccine design. 
Dr. Bai is currently working on understanding the structural basis of neutralization breadth and cross-reactivity in HIV-1 and across flaviviruses.

 

Bethany Dearlove
DPhil in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK, 2013
Research interests: Infectious disease dynamics, genetic epidemiology, phylogenetics, phylodynamics.
Dr Dearlove’s research uses phylogenies to characterize how viruses evolve and spread through populations at both the within- and between-host levels, with a focus on estimating the age of infection in HIV-1 and identifying sub-populations where interventions can have most impact.
 
Eric Lewitus
PhD in Biology, University College London, UK, 2011
Research interests: evolutionary models for brain development, species interactions with the environment, and microbial diversification.
Dr. Lewitus is currently using macroevolutionary techniques to classify the diversification dynamics of HIV-1 and other infectious diseases.
 

Yifan Li
Master of Applied Statistics and Master of International Affairs, The Pennsylvania State University, US, 2016
Research interests: statistical analysis, statistical modeling.
Ms Li is currently working on integrating HIV-1 genetic data to the host demographic, clinical and immunological data to characterize specific HIV-1 evolutionary features.
 

Thembi Mdluli
PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, US, 2017
Research interests: statistical analysis, mathematical modeling.
Dr. Mdluli’s work focuses on designing and using computational tools and mathematical models for the analysis of large data, including systems serology data.

 

Mélanie Merbah
PhD in Immunology, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, 2012
Research interests: viral fitness, systems serology
Dr. Merbah is currently working on developing and performing systems serology assays to profile antibody responses following vaccination or infection with HIV-1 and other emerging pathogens.

 

Zhanna Shubin
PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMB), US, 2016
Research interests: vaccine development, systems serology 
Dr. Shubin is currently working on developing and performing systems serology assays to profile antibody responses following vaccination or infection with HIV-1 and other emerging pathogens.

 

Suzanne Wollen-Roberts

Masters of Science in Biotechnology: Biosecurity/Biodefense, University of Maryland, University College, US, 2014
Research interests: medical countermeasure development against emerging infectious viruses.
Mrs. Suzanne Wollen-Roberts is currently working on developing and performing systems serology assays to profile antibody responses following vaccination or infection with HIV-1 and other emerging pathogens.

Alicia Simmons
Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases, George Washington University, US, 2014
Ms. Simmons provides administrative support to the Rolland and Joyce labs.

 

 

Selected Publications

Bai H, Li Y, Michael NL, Robb ML, Rolland M. The breadth of HIV-1 neutralizing antibodies depends on the conservation of key sites in their epitopes. PLoS Comput Biol. 2019 Jun 6;15(6):e1007056. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007056. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31170145