Sarah Cobey

Sarah is an associate professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Chicago.

Lauren McGough

Lauren studies how the mechanisms and dynamics of affinity maturation in the adaptive immune system affect the diversity of individuals' antibody repertoires.

Qifang Bi

Qifang is studying the effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccines and the dynamics of immune responses to SARS-CoV-2. She completed her doctoral training in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Phil Arevalo

Phil is building models that integrate epidemiological and molecular data to infer how infection history, vaccination, and influenza epitope diversity influence protection against influenza infection.

Katie Gostic

Katie studies the epidemiological impacts of childhood immune imprinting, and the within-host dynamics that allow biases in immune memory to develop and persist. She also aims to understand why our immune system isn’t better at deploying broadly protective antibodies against multi-strain pathogens.

Marcos Vieira

Marcos studies the rapid evolution of B cells during the immune response and how this short-term evolution is enabled by the long-term evolution of immunoglobulin genes. He’s also interested in how immune history shapes the evolution and epidemiology of influenza and other antigenically diverse pathogens.

Diana Vera Cruz

Diana studied viral evolution across scales and how it is impacted by immune selection during her Ph.D. at Duke University. She is interested in the impact of immune history, particularly antibody response, on vaccine efficacy and influenza reinfection driven by antigenic drift.

Christopher Joel Russo

Christopher studies the germline adaptive evolution of the naive antibody repertoire and of the immunoglobulin alleles.


Spencer Carran, Research Scientist (2020), currently a biologist with the US FDA
Rachel Oidtman, Postdoctoral Researcher (2020 to 2022), currently a senior data scientist at Colorado Access
Dannie Griggs, Research Assistant (2020 to 2021),
Elena Whitney, Research Assistant (2020 to 2021), a clinical research coordinator at the University of Chicago Medical Center
Kangchon Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher (2017 to 2020), transitioning to research science in Washington, D.C.
Ed Baskerville, Senior Research Programmer (2013 to 2019), now saving the internet from corporate domination
Frank Wen, PhD Student (2015 to 2018), now completing medical residency at U. Chicago
Sylvia Ranjeva, PhD Student (2014 to 2018), currently a medical resident at MGH in Boston
Daniel Zinder, Postdoctoral Researcher (2016 to 2017), now a bioinformatician at Roche
Graham Northrup, Research Assistant (2017), PhD student at the Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley
Rohan Dandavati, Research Assistant (2017), now a full stack developer at Google
Rahul Subramanian, PhD student (2015 to 2017), currently an epidemiologist and ORISE Data Science Fellow at NIAID
Colin Kyle, Research Programmer (2016), game developer
Lev Tsypin, Research Assistant (2015), now a PhD student in systems biology at Caltech
Igor Vasiljevic, Research Assistant (2015), currently a PhD student in computer science at the Toyota Technical Institute at Chicago