Projects & Investigators



Gunjan Kak, PhD, Postdoctoral Trainee

BSc, University of Delhi
PhD, University of Delhi
Dr. Kak is currently investigating T cell-innate immune crosstalk during S. aureus craniotomy infection.

Lee Korshoj, PhD, Postdoctoral Trainee

BS (with Highest Distinction), Chemical Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Korshoj’s research explores host-pathogen cross-talk during S. aureus craniotomy infection and novel biofabrication approaches for treatment.

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Prabhakar Arumugam, PhD, Postdoctoral Trainee

BTech, Biotechnology, Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Engineering 
MTech, Genetic Engineering, SRM University
PhD, Immunology, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi

Dr. Arumugam’s research examines the link between leukocyte metabolism and effector function during S. aureus prosthetic joint infection.

Rachel Fallet, BS, Researcher

BS, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth
Along with general laboratory support, Rachel’s work is focused on the
management of our laboratory mouse colony. These genetically modified mice provide important clues in the detection of mechanisms involved in immunity and infection.

Blake Bertrand, BS, Graduate Student

BS, Saint Louis University, MO
Blake is a fifth year PhD student in the Kielian Laboratory. His work is focused on studying the S. aureus metabolic changes during chronic orthopedic biofilm infections, and how this influences the host immune response.


Christopher Horn, MS, Graduate Student

MS, University of Nebraska - Omaha
Chris is a fourth year PhD student in the Kielian laboratory. His work is focused on reactive oxygen species production and its role in Staphylococcus aureus biofilm-leukocyte crosstalk.

Zachary Van Roy, BS, Graduate Student

BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Zach is a MD/PhD student in the Kielian Laboratory and is in the second year of the PhD program. He is investigating the association between metabolism and epigenetics during S. aureus craniotomy infection.