In the Edelblum Lab, we believe that investigating the intersection between mucosal immunology, cell biology and microbiology will best help us understand the underlying cause of IBD. By visualizing cellular interactions in real time, we aim to provide new insight into the complexities of intestinal immunity. Through our studies, we hope to develop novel strategies to enhance barrier function in IBD patients.

Karen Edelblum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Chancellor Scholar

With over 17 years combined experience in the fields of gastrointestinal epithelial biology, mucosal immunology and physiology, I have developed expertise in examining immune/epithelial interactions in the context of mucosal homeostasis and disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Madeleine Hu, Ph.D.

Graduate Student - MD/PhD program

A Rutgers NJMS M.D./Ph.D. student, Maddie joined the Edelblum Lab in September 2016. As our IEL/enteroid co-culture specialist,  Maddie's primary focus is investigating the contribution of gamma delta IELs to pathological epithelial cell shedding. 

Luo (Jack ) Jia

Graduate Student - Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Track

With a background in intestinal parasitology and mucosal immunology, Jack joined the Edelblum lab in June 2016 as a pre-doctoral candidate investigating the role of type I interferon signaling in gamma delta IEL homeostasis.

Matthew Fischer

Graduate Student - Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer Track

Matt joined the Edelblum lab in May 2019  as a pre-doctoral candidate. Matt's expertise in microbiology, will come in handy while investigating the role of type I interferon signaling in gamma delta IEL motility and activation.

Natasha Golovchenko

Graduate Student - Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Track

Natasha comes to the lab with previous experience in IBD research from her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. As a pre-doctoral candidate, her main project focuses on the role of granzymes in gamma delta IEL function at steady-state and in response to inflammation.

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