Clay  Albracht, PhD

Clay Albracht, PhD

As a postdoctoral fellow from 2017-2020, Clay Albracht worked on the effects of testosterone on the outcomes of UTI, and the host binding partner of the UPEC neutrophil-suppressing virulence factor YbcL.

Kelleigh  Briden, MD

Kelleigh Briden, MD

Kelleigh Briden spent two years in the Hunstad lab as part of her Newborn Medicine fellowship, working on multiple projects including the evaluation of the urinary kynurenine-to-tryptophan ratio as a marker for UTI.  She is now Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Newborn Medicine) at WUSM.

Elizabeth  Danka, PhD

Elizabeth Danka, PhD

Elizabeth Danka completed her PhD (Molecular Cell Biology) thesis work in our lab in 2015, supported by an individual National Science Foundation fellowship grant. She completed an NIH IRACDA postdoctoral fellowship with Peggy Cotter, PhD, (UNC) and is a tenure-track assistant professor at St. Norbert College in Green Bay, WI.

Jessie  Griffith, MA

Jessie Griffith, MA

Jessie Griffith completed her MA from Washington University in 2021.  She is currently a student in the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy.

Megan  Lau, PhD

Megan Lau, PhD

Meg Lau completed her thesis in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis in June 2013. She defined the role of YbcL, a novel UPEC effector protein, in inhibiting neutrophil trafficking across the bladder epithelial surface.

Jennifer  Loughman, PhD

Jennifer Loughman, PhD

During her seven years (2006-13) as a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist in the Hunstad lab, Jen Loughman dissected interactions between uropathogenic E. coli and human neutrophils, including UPEC effects on a host immunomodulatory enzyme, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO).

Abigail  Mapes, MA

Abigail Mapes, MA

Abby Mapes completed her MA from Washington University in 2013. Her work examined exotoxin expression by colonizing and infecting Staphylococcus aureus strains, as part of a collaboration with the Fritz group and Julie Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhD.

Lisa  McLellan, PhD

Lisa McLellan, PhD

Lisa McLellan's work revealed the importance of type 1 pili in pathogenesis of kidney infection and identified the first type 1 pilus receptor on renal epithelium. She completed her postdoctoral training in the lab of Dr. Alan Grossman at MIT and is now Assistant Professor of Biology at Purdue University – Fort Worth.

Tracy  Nicholson, PhD, MPH

Tracy Nicholson, PhD, MPH

Tracy Nicholson completed her PhD thesis work in our laboratory in the spring of 2010. Her thesis detailed the role of the E. coli outer membrane protein A (OmpA) in UTI pathogenesis and described how intracellular UPEC pathogenesis provokes the innate immune response.

Patrick  Olson, MD, PhD

Patrick Olson, MD, PhD

Patrick Olson completed his PhD thesis in the Hunstad lab in 2016 as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. His work on a new animal model of male UTI was supported by the Infectious Diseases training grant (T32) followed by an individual NRSA fellowship (F30) from NIAID. He is now a fellow in Infectious Diseases at Wash U and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


David  Rosen, MD, PhD

David Rosen, MD, PhD

David Rosen completed his postdoctoral work in December 2017, forging new avenues in the pathogenesis of pneumonia caused by Klebsiella. He is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology at WUSM and an independent NIH-funded investigator.

Lubomira  Tothova, PhD

Lubomira Tothova, PhD

Luba Tothova spent six months as a Fulbright Scholar in the Hunstad lab in 2018, coming from her home country of Slovakia. She worked on sex-specific responses to therapeutic agents in UTI.