Meet the Team

Principal Investigator

Dr. Laura Vella

Laura Vella, MD, PhD, is an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Medical School
MD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Pediatrics - University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Pediatric Infectious Diseases - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification
Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Graduate Degree
PhD - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
Masters in Translational Research - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Google Scholar

Lab Members

Jonathan Tedesco

Lab Manager & Research Tech IV

Bachelors in Biology at Seton Hall University

Kingsley Kumashie

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. at Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
MSc in Molecular Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
BSc in Biochemistry, University of Ghana

Shane Kammerman

Research Technician III

Bachelors in Biology at University of Florida

Josef Novacek

Research Technician II

Bachelors in Biology and Neuroscience at Ursinus College

Leena Babiker

UPenn Immunology Graduate Student

Bachelors in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at Michigan State

Nina de luna

UPenn Immunology Graduate Student

Bachelors in Immunology and Infectious Disease at Penn State

Molly Gallagher

Research Tech III

Bachelors in Biochemistry at Temple University

Student Volunteers

Gavin John

Coding Guru Extraordinaire

High School Student
Mentors and assists in coding and statistical analyses

Hunter Courtney

UPenn Undergraduate Student

Majoring in Biochemistry and French Language

Considering a Rotation?

Meet our Former Rotation Students!

Julia Eberhard

UPenn Immunology Graduate Student

Bachelors in Biology at Stanford University

Austin Kriews

UPenn Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Student

Bachelors in Biochemistry at Syracuse University

Officers of Morale

Mishka & Arlo Kammerman