Honda Laboratory

Lab Personnel

Stephanie Dawrs

Stephanie Dawrs

Lab Researcher – Honda Lab 
DawrsS@njhealth.org

Education:

University of Hawai’i at Hilo, BS, Biology

Background:

Stephanie graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation and a minor in Chemistry. While at the University of Hawai’i she took part in several research projects studying Hawaiian soil bacterial diversity, the relationship between ambrosia beetles and the transmission of the fungal plant pathogens that cause rapid ohia death, and fruit fly genetics. In June 2018, Stephanie joined the Honda lab where her current research projects include: assessing the relationship between NTM and Kilauea volcanic ash, environmental sample processing, studying factors that impact NTM colony variation, and in vitro studies to investigate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) as a risk factor of NTM lung disease. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, camping, and skiing. 

Charmie Vang

Charmie Vang

Laboratory Researcher Technician – Honda Lab
VangC@njhealth.org

Education:

Colorado College, BA Molecular and Cellular Biology and Music

Background: 

As an undergraduate student at Colorado College (CC), Charmie pursued a BA degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Music. In addition to her studies, Charmie participated in research projects on RNA degradation by Rny1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and studied the necessity of the RecA protein in cyanobacteria DNA transcription. Charmie joined the Honda Lab in June 2020 and researches the relationship between amoebae and NTM, the contribution of NTM lipid components to virulence, and the host-pathogen-environmental interactions that contribute to NTM pulmonary disease. Outside of the lab, Charmie enjoys volunteering at local hospitals and schools, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Haley Hendrick

Haley A. Hendrick

Affiliate – Honda Lab 
M.S. Graduate Student, University of Hawai’i Department of Tropical Medicine 
HENDRICKH@NJHealth.org

Education:

Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Immunology and Infectious Disease

Background:

Haley graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2019 with a B.S. in Immunology and Infectious Disease. At Penn State, she participated in research projects investigating virus transmission between ticks and small mammals in the local forests, as well as the relationship between tick-transmitted pathogens and intestinal parasites in field mice. She also served on a monitoring program for new and emerging pathogens, with the goal of assessing the zoonotic potential of new pathogens. In 2020, Haley was accepted into the Tropical Medicine M.S. program at the University of Hawai'i and is directly mentored by the Honda Lab. Haley's project investigates NTM diversity in Hawai’i feral pigs, with an emphasis on the pathogenic potential of Mycobacterium porcinum in immune cells. When not in the lab, Haley enjoys painting, dancing, roller blading, and costume making.

Anah E. Gilmore

Anah E. Gilmore

Trainee – Honda Lab
M.S. Professional Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student, University of Denver
Anah.Gilmore@du.edu

Education:

Metropolitan State University, B.S. Biology

Background:

Background: Anah graduated with honors from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. While studying at Metro State, Anah interned at Dr. Ravi Mahalingam’s lab at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. There she studied how simian varicella virus, a primate model for the shingles virus, deposits itself in the skin tissue and sweat glands of infected rhesus macaque monkeys. After three years of being a Lab Manager at the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at the University of Denver, she has begun pursuing a master’s degree in Professional Science. Anah joined the Honda lab in February 2021 to begin a capstone project for her master’s program. Her project focuses on the comparison of NTM-host interactions between macrophages from male and female Native Hawaiians from Hawai’i and Caucasian from Colorado. When not at the lab, Anah enjoys baking, home brewing beer, hiking with her husband, and spending time with their three cats.