Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


Our Team


Jordan Wesolowski, PhD
Post-doctoral fellow

Jordan received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Delaware in 2008 and his PhD in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis in 2015 from Thomas Jefferson University. During his graduate work Jordan investigated the molecular mechanism by which E. coli inhibits SNARE-mediated membrane fusion in Mast cells, which are important mediators of the allergic reaction. As a post-doctoral fellow, Jordan now focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which Chlamydia effector proteins manipulate the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton during infection.


Tiago MonteiroBras
MD/PhD student

Tiago received his B.S in from in and is currently a MD/PhD student in collaboration with the university of Minho (Portugal). Using a CRISPR/Cas9 knockout approach, Tiago investigates the contribution of host SNARE proteins to the pathogenicity of Chlamydia trachomatis. In particular, Tiago seeks to identify host SNARE proteins that are hijacked by Chlamydia and their role in essential membrane fusion events, such as the acquisition of lipids and homotypic fusion, during Chlamydia infection.


Anna Lobley
MS Research Assistant

Anna received her B.S. and M.S in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in 2018. Anna’s project involves investigating the process of homotypic fusion of Chlamydial inclusions during infection. Her work focuses on identifying the molecular mechanism by which the inclusion protein IncA drives homotypic fusion. Anna is also interested in the evolutionary changes of IncA that happened between different Chlamydia species. 

Past Team Members

Kenneth (Kenny) Kirby, MS, former Master’s student just graduated   

Michael Mc Cauley, MS, former technician is now an Associate Scientist
at Jansen Pharmaceuticals, PA       

Christian Xander, MS, former Master’s student is now a PhD student at the University of North Carolina, NC       

Jean-Bernard (JB) Lubin, PhD, former Post-doctoral fellow is now a Post-doctoral fellow in PennCHOP Microbiome program, PA     

Erik Ronzone, PhD, former PhD student is now a scientific writer at Science and Medical Communications, RI      

Jonathan (Tabb) Sullivan, PhD, former Post-doctoral fellow is now a Senior Research Scientist at Integral Molecular, PA   

Ben Scheinfeld, BA, former technician and is a Research Specialist at the university of Pennsylvania, PA   

Sandra Illunga, MS, former Master’s student is now a Clinical Microbiologist at TJU, Philadelphia

Tyler Wolford, MS, former Master’s student is now a Specialist in the Laboratory Response Network at the Association of Public Health, Washington DC    

Vernon Caldwell, MSEd, former technician is now PhD candidate in Sociology at City College of New York, NY