Team

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Dinglasan Lab Team

Dr. Rhoel Dinglasan

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Dinglasan is a professor at the University of Florida, Associate Chair of Research in Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology and the Director, CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases

Luis A. Alonso-Palomares

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE

Luis A. Alonso Palomares, hails from Mexico. He is a biologist by profession, and completed his master’s and PhD degrees in immunology. His virologist soul is interested in public health, particularly in the arbovirus field. He investigates virus-vector relationships, from researching comparative immunology, molecular mechanisms, to completing surveillance and developing vaccines. He likes to exercise outdoors, play volleyball, go to the movies, and spend time outside with a good beer.

Bright Agbodzi

PHD STUDENT

Bright Agbodzi hails from Ghana, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Molecular Biology. He is currently a PhD student at the UF Genetics Institute, with a keen interest in applying omics to understand host-virus interactions and the molecular evolution of viruses. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing soccer

Alaina Keith

MSC STUDENT

Alaina Keith is pursuing a Master’s in Infectious Diseases and Immunology. She hopes to launch a career surveying infectious diseases in canine shelter populations. In her free time, she can be found with one of my numerous rescue animals or somewhere exploring outside.

Kodai Kusakisako

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Kodai Kusakisako from Japan, is a biologist by profession and completed his PhD degrees in veterinary science. He is interested in vector biology and parasitology, particularly in the mosquitoes and ticks field. He investigates parasite-vector relationships, from researching vector immunology and molecular interactions between parasites and vectors, to control vector-borne diseases. He likes to go to the movies, play video games, and eat delicious foods.

Ava Shepard

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Ava Shepard is an undergrad from North Carolina currently pursuing her bachelors degree in nutritional science from the University of Florida. At UF she is also involved in Army ROTC, entomology club, and intramural soccer. Outside the lab she enjoys running and relaxing at the springs nearby. 

Jeremiah Miller "JD"

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE

JD is from Oklahoma. He earned his PhD in Biology from the Johns Hopkins University, where he sequenced, assembled, and annotated the genome and transcriptome, and identified the sex chromosomes of the orb-weaving spider Uloborus diversus. His scientific interests are broad, encompassing everything from the origin of life from prebiotic chemical systems and its implications in astrobiology to how our conscious experience is constructed from the interplay of relatively few neuromodulatory G protein-coupled receptor pathways. His love for technology draws him to instrumental methods and computational biology and bioinformatics, while his background in chemistry and microbiology beckons him to the bench. His current research interests are in vector biology and vector-pathogen interactions, particularly concerning mosquitoes and ticks. He enjoys spending time in nature with his family, gardening, and drumming. 

Kassidy Caride

PROGRAM COORDINATOR - US & CARIBBEAN

Kassidy Caride has her Master of Public Health degree and her interests lie in project coordination and vector-borne diseases. She is new to the Dinglasan lab and delighted to join the team. In her free time, she enjoys walking the beach with her dog

Sai Lata De

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Sai Lata De is a Research Assistant Professor who recently joined our team. She is an immunoparasitologist with a vision to develop platforms that thoroughly enable our understanding of host-pathogen interactions, develop pre-clinical models for infectious diseases, and self-adjuvanting vaccines.  Her area of research is malaria with a specific interest in vaccine development as she has extensively worked with both whole parasitic vaccines and subunit vaccines. 

John “Jack” F. Williams

INSECTARY SUPPORT TECHNICIAN

John is a new insectary support technician currently completing his undergraduate degree in entomology. His focus is on medical entomology, particularly mosquito vector-borne diseases. In his free time, he enjoys hiking through nature preserves throughout Florida and playing water polo. 

Asha Maria Mathew

POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATE

A passionate Virologist, Asha obtained her PhD from the National Institute of Virology in Pune, the main center for viral diagnosis  and research in India. She is particularly  interested in research related to viral entry and replication, viral host protein interactions, and development of novel therapeutic interventions for emerging viruses, especially for RNA viruses.
 
In addition to research, Asha loves to explore new places and food with her husband Abhishek and she tries to grow a kitchen garden in her yard. 

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