Lab Members

 

Alberto Bosque-PardosAlberto Bosque, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Alberto Bosque, Ph.D., M.B.A, joined the GW Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine University in November 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Using his expertise in cell biology and signal transduction, Dr. Bosque pursues to elucidate the mechanisms behind HIV persistence. His studies are focused in using in vitro primary cell models of latency that mimic the latent reservoir in HIV patients, with the goal to accelerate the discovery process towards novel therapeutic interventions to eradicate HIV.

 

Amanda Macedo
Post-doctoral Fellow

Amanda Macedo graduated with a B.S. in Biomedicine from Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2008. While completing her degree, she started an internship at Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, where she studied the immune response in cutaneous and mucosal Leishmaniasis. After two years, she received her Master degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2011. She obtained her PhD in Immunology from CIML, Universite de la Mediterranee, Marseille, France by studying the interplay of intracellular Toll-like Receptors (TLRs) and the role of neutrophils in autoimmunity. She joined the Bosque lab as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Utah in August 2015, and her current work focuses on investigating Pattern Recognition Receptors (PRRs) as targets to revert HIV latency.

 

Rachel Resop
Post-doctoral Fellow

Rachel Resop graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology and Spanish from a liberal arts college in Wisconsin, and spent several months in Atlanta, GA and Austin, TX studying the mating practices of marine invertebrates, and cave microbial diversity and phylogenetics, respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014, while working to elucidate the role of sphingolipid signaling in the human thymus during HIV infection. Rachel joined the Bosque Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow in late 2017, where she is currently examining the potential role of sphingolipids and their mediators in initiation and maintenance of latent HIV infection. Rachel is also interested in science policy and outreach, and is a current Public Policy Fellow with the American Association of Immunologists.

 

Indra Sarabia
Graduate Student

Indra Sarabia graduated with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015. She was accepted to the Molecular Biology PhD program at the University of Utah in 2015, and joined the Bosque lab in 2016. Her current project focuses on investigating the use of viral RNA sensors Retinoic acid inducible gene-1 (RIG-I) and melanoma differentiation associated protein-5 (MDA5) ligands as potential latency reversal agents (LRAs). When she is not in the lab, she enjoys binge watching television shows and spending time with her dog.

 

Eric Sorensen
Lab Technician

Eric Sorensen graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Utah in 2010. In 2014, he decided to go back to school to study pre-med. Eric has been working in the Bosque lab since 2014, first as a volunteer and later on as the lab technician for the lab. He continues to fulfill the role of lab technician for the Bosque lab at George Washington University. Besides his technical duties, Eric is working in the optimization of benzotriazines as latency reversing agents. In his free time, you can find Eric trying to study for the MCAT.