Lab Members

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Douglas Nixon

Douglas F. Nixon, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine
Walter G. Ross Professor of Basic Science Research
Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from University College London in 1981, Douglas Nixon received his medical degree from Westminster Hospital Medical School, London, in 1984. He then went on to train as a pathologist and clinical virologist at the University of Oxford and received his Masters degree in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Immunology in 1992. During his time in Oxford, he made substantial contributions to the understanding of the newly emerged Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Dr. Nixon spent the following three years at a biotechnology company in New York working on vaccine development, before joining the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Centre at the Rockefeller University in New York as a postdoctoral fellow to investigate how antiviral T cells cells function in pediatric HIV infection. In recognition of several important contributions to HIV/AIDS research he made while there, Dr. Nixon received the Elisabeth Glaser Scientist Award in 2000. He joined the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology in San Francisco as an Associate Professor the same year to continue his HIV research. In 2006, Dr. Nixon became Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Associate Chief of the Division of Experimental Medicine at UCSF. In October 2013, he was recruited to George Washington University as Chair of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine.

Robert L. Furler, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
BELIEVE Program Manager

In his undergraduate work at San Francisco State University, Robert Furler began to do immunology research in Dr. Robert Debs laboratory at the California Pacific Medical Center. During this internship, he decided to focus his efforts on HIV cure research. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology in 2004, Robert went to work with Dr. Christel Uittenbogaart at the UCLA AIDS Institute throughout his graduate studies. Robert received his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics in 2010 by studying the influences of HIV infection on CD4+ T cell differentiation. During his post-docs at UCLA and the University of Miami, Robert continued to study HIV infection in CD4+ T cells and expanded to macrophage infection. In 2012, Robert became a professor of microbiology at Florida SouthWestern State College where he continued to characterize CD4+ T cell differentiation in the context of HIV infection. In November 2016, Robert came to the George Washington University to work towards finding an HIV cure with Dr. Douglas Nixon and the BELIEVE collaboratory.

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Richard Apps, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor

At the University of Cambridge (UK) Richard completed a Bachelors degree in Immunology (2003) followed by a PhD degree in the laboratory of Prof. Ashley Moffett (2008).  Studies focused on the unusual Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) expression by fetal cells, and interactions with maternal immunity to influence pregnancy pathologies.  A move to the USA followed to investigate HLA in the context of HIV disease, as a post-doctoral fellow and then scientist with Dr. Mary Carrington at the National Cancer Institute, NIH (Frederick, MD).  Notable reports included findings that HLA alleles differ in expression level, which correlate with outcomes of HIV infection, and that most primary HIV viruses downregulate HLA-C.  Richard was recruited to George Washington University in 2017 to join Dr. Douglas Nixon’s group, with an interest in exploiting understanding of HLA molecules to advance immunotherapies for HIV. 

Miguel de Mulder Rougvie, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scientist

Miguel de Mulder graduated with a Molecular Biology degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, in 2008.  He completed his Ph.D. program in Medicine at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid in 2013, where he worked on molecular epidemiology in HIV-1 infected pediatric populations. Miguel joined the Nixon lab in October 2013 as a postdoctoral scientist. His main interest is to analyze the expression of human endogenous retroviruses in the context of HIV-1 infection.

Greta Beckerle, B.S.
Laboratory Associate
Laboratory Manager 

Greta Beckerle graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Biotechnology and a minor in French. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in a health science related field. Greta joined the Nixon Lab in February 2016 and is working with Miguel de Mulder Rougvie on analyzing the expression of human endogenous retroviruses (HERV) in the context of HIV-1 infection. 

Matthew Bendall, M.S.
Ph.D. Rotation Student (IBS program)

Matthew Bendall graduated from Brigham Young University in 2009 with a BS in Bioinformatics, followed by an MS in Biology in 2011. Following his graduate work, he went on to work as a bioinformatics researcher at the Joint Genome Institute of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There he worked on developing techniques for analysis of next-generation sequence data with the synthetic biology and single-cell genomics groups. In August 2014, Matthew returned to school to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Science at George Washington University, where he is currently developing methods to quantify the expression of repetitive elements. His research interests include computational biology, genomics, population genetics, and bioinformatics.

Nathaniel Bachtel
Research Laboratory Coordinator
(supervised by Dr. Eleftherianos at the Department of Biological Sciences)

Nathaniel Bachtel is a current Sophomore at George Washington University majoring in Chemistry on the pre-medical track. He joined the Nixon lab in February 2015 and is a research intern working with Dr. Eleftherianos of the Biological Sciences department. After the completion of his undergraduate studies, Nathaniel hopes to go on to medical school, and to pursue research in whichever field interests him most. Currently he is working on a joint project between Dr. Nixon and Dr. Eleftherianos regarding the possibility of interpersonal immune system interactions using a Drosophila melanogaster model.

Paul Zdinak
Undergraduate Federal Work Student
(supervised by Dr. de Mulder)

Paul Zdinak is a current Junior at George Washington University majoring in Biology. He joined the Nixon lab in September 2015 and is investigating HIV latency under supervision of Miguel de Mulder.

Ryan Goydos
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ryan Goydos is a current premed student at the George Washington University majoring in Biology. He joined the Nixon lab in November 2016. Ryan is assisting Robert Furler with his HIV research in the lab as well working on administrative tasks for the BELIEVE collaboratory. 

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Karol Suchowiecki
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Karol Suchowiecki is a current premed student at the George Washington University majoring in Biology. He joined the Nixon lab in January 2017. Karol is assisting Robert Furler with his HIV research in the lab as well working on administrative tasks for the BELIEVE collaboratory.

 

Former Lab Members    

Dominic Paquin Proulx, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

January 2015 - July 2017

Fabio E. Leal

Benjamin Greenspun
Undergraduate Federal Work Student

September 2015 - May 2017

Shannon Kitchen
Research Assistant

May 2016 - June 2017

Fabio E. Leal

Mark O'Callahan
BELIEVE Program Director

October 2016 - May 2017

Claudia Brockmeyer, Ph.D.
Science Communications Manager

April 2014 - March 2016

Fabio E. Leal

Fabio E. Leal, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Scientist

March 2014 - June 2016

Mariana Ribeiro Dominguez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scientist
(shared with the laboratory
of Dr. Imtiaz Khan)

Jan 2014 - Nov 2015

Rui Andre Raposo

Rui André Raposo, Ph.D.
Research Scientist

Feb 2014 - March 2016 

Phillip Brailey
Undergraduate Student Intern
(supervised by Dr. de Mulder)

Sep 2014 - Sep 2015

Zachary Highley-Gergel
Undergraduate Federal Work Student
(supervised by Dr. de Mulder)

Nov 2014 - Aug 2015 

Sharon Lam, Ph.D.
Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist
(laboratory of Dr. Catherine Bollard
at Children's National Research Center)

Feb 2015 - May 2015

Vinicius Cabido
Undergraduate Federal Work Student
(supervised by Dr. Raposo and Dr. Paquin-Proulx)

Mar 2015 - July 2015

June 2016 - July 2016

Martin Bortlík
Graduate Student Intern
(supervised by Dr. Raposo)

July 2014 - Dec 2014

Tiffany Smith 
Undergraduate Federal Work Student
(supervised by Dr. Leal)

Sep 2014 - March 2015

David Zachary Wilkins
Undergraduate Student Intern
(supervised by Dr. Raposo)

June 2014 - Aug 2014

Marcin Michniowski
Graduate Student Intern
(supervised by Dr. Nixon)

July 2014 - Nov 2014