Lab Members

Previous Lab Members

Dr. Anne Barasa, M.D. | Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Barasa obtained her medical training (MBChB) and specialization in Human Pathology (MMed Human Pathology) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She currently serves as a lecturer and the thematic head of Immunology at the University of Nairobi, Department of Human Pathology and as consultant pathologist at the Kenyatta National Teaching and Referral Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Barasa's research is focused on understanding the pathology of cancers caused by Epstein-Barr virus and Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus. Dr. Barasa was the first to develop and test the immunogenicity of KSHV-based vaccines as a potential strategy to prevent virus infection and its associated cancers. In 2015, she joined Dr. Ogembo’s laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and later relocated with him to Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope as a Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and American Cancer Society Research Fellow.
 
David Hughes Mulama, Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Mulama holds a Ph.D. in immunology from Maseno University, Kenya with a research component carried out in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA. He earned his Master of Science degree in immunology from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, which was also a sandwich program with Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. During his postgraduate studies, David studied the interaction between Epstein-Barr virus and Plasmodium falciparum, the two ubiquitous infectious agents in the tropics that chronically interact to lead to emergence of endemic Burkitt lymphoma. During this time, Dr. Mulama showed that chronic P. falciparum exposure was associated with diminished Epstein-Barr virus-specific T cell response in children living in malaria-holoendemic regions.

Funding: In 2018, Dr. Mulama joined Dr. Ogembo’s laboratory at City of Hope on a St. Baldrick’s International Scholar award to design and develop vaccines against Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus.
 
Joshua Akelo Nyagol, Ph.D. | Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Nyagol obtained his Ph.D. in Quantitative and Molecular Diagnostic Pathology from the University of Siena, Italy. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer and Biomedical Research Scientist in the thematic unit of Immunology, Department of Human Pathology at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2016-2017, performed postdoctoral research training in Dr. Ogembo’s laboratory. His current research interests include immuno-molecular etiopathogenesis of Epstein-Barr virus and Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus-associated cancers, as well as investigating the role of Epstein-Barr virus in the development of undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinomas.
 
 
 

Previous Students

  • 2016, Yash Pal Shah (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2016, Benjamin Nittayo (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2016, Daniel Saeang (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2017, Riley Richmond (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2017, Esther Rodriguez (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2017, Kierra Valdez-McClure (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2018, Pablo Martinez (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2018, Pauline Kirabo (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2018, Marion Santo (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2018, Gabriela Escalante (Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences; graduate rotation)
  • 2018, Hernan Reza (Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences; graduate rotation)
  • 2019, Claire Harelson (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2019, Amy Zhou (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2019, Victoria Erickson (Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Academy)
  • 2019, Juliet Gonzales (Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences; graduate rotation)
  • 2020, Metztli Cisneros (Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences; graduate rotation)
  • 2020, Cloe Zimmerman (KGI–City of Hope Master of Science in Translational Medicine)
  • 2020, Ku'ulei Faustino (KGI–City of Hope Master of Science in Translational Medicine)
  • 2020, Ijeoma Nnadozie (KGI Master of Science in Applied Life Sciences; graduate rotation)
  • 2020, Jonathan Calero-Landa (Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences; graduate rotation)