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Mirko Paiardini, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Mirko Paiardini received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology in 2003 from the University of Urbino, wherein he also completed post-doctoral training under Dr. Mauro Magnani. After serving as a Research Associate under Dr. Guido Silvestri at the University of Pennsylvania, he was recruited to Emory University in 2010.

Justin Harper, M.A.

Lab Manager

Justin Harper received his M.A. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 2013 from Rice University studying the atomic resolution structure of RNA viruses by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography under Dr. Jane Tao.

Amberly Hunter

Lead Research Specialist

Amberly Hunter received her B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Public Health from Sam Houston State University in 2020. After graduating, she joined Emory University School of Medicine’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Uni

Kevin Nguyen, B.S.

Lead Research Specialist

Kevin received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Georgia in 2017. Shortly after graduating, he joined the Paiardini lab as a Research Specialist in December of 2017.

James Auger, B.S.

Research Specialist

his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Kennesaw State University in 2018 and joined the lab in 2021.

Charlott Morel, M.H.Sc.

PhD Candidate

Charlott received his B.S. in Molecular Biology in 2015 at Universidad Ana G. Mendez (San Juan, Puerto Rico). He then completed a Master of Health Science in 2018 at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland).

Elise Viox, B.S., B.A.

PhD Candidate

Elise Viox received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Human Health from Emory University in 2015. She then completed a postbac at the NIH Vaccine Research Center in the lab of Dr. John Mascola where she evaluated the HIV-1 fusion peptide as a potential immunogen for HIV-1 vaccine design in mouse, guinea pig, and non-human primate (NHP) models.

Maura Statzu

Post-doctoral Fellow

Maura Statzu received her Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine in 2020 from Sapienza, University of Rome (Rome, Italy) under the supervision of Dr. Guido Antonelli. ... In the Paiardini lab, she is currently using SIV-infected macaques to investigate if the SMAC mimetic AZD5582 can be combined with the heterodimeric IL-15...

Laurence Raymond Marchand, MS.c

Visiting Scientist

Laurence completed her MS.c in Microbiology and Immunology at Université de Montréal (Qc, Canada) in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Hugo Soudeyns (CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center). The focus of her master’s project was to portray the B cell profile and the vaccine response of HIV-exposed uninfected children.

Cristina Micali

Post-doctoral Fellow

Cristina Micali is a first year Ph.D. student in Translational Molecular Medicine and Surgery at the University of Messina, Italy. Her research interests are the mechanisms of HIV persistence under therapy... Beyond her academic work, she is largely fascinated with travelling abroad and she is an avid explorer of traditional cuisines from around the world.


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