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.

Bailey Huser

Bailey K. Huser

Laboratory Researcher Technician – Honda Lab 
HuserB@NJHealth.org

Education:

University of Kansas, B.S. Microbiology; B.A. German Studies

Background:

Bailey graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2020 with a B.S. in Microbiology and a B.A. in German Studies. While at the University of Kansas, she participated in numerous research projects centered on herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1) and how the viral protein ICP0 helps to regulate the HSV-1 viral lifecycle. Since joining the Honda lab in August 2020, her current research focuses on understanding the role of Mycobacterium avium complex-derived phospholipids in subverting host innate defenses particularly in the context of antimicrobial peptides and airway immune cells. In her free time, Bailey enjoys reading, baking, knitting, hiking, and spending time with family.

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.

Adrian Fifor

Adrian Fifor

Trainee – Honda Lab
M.S. Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student, Regis University
afifor@regis.edu

Education:

University of Colorado Denver, B.S. Biology; B.A. Spanish

Background:

Adrian grew up in Romania but moved to Denver when he was a junior in high school. Adrian graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in 2018 with a B.S. degree in Biology and a B.A. degree in Spanish. He is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences at Regis University in order to become a stronger medical school candidate. His long-term goal is to become a physician specializing in treating patients with disorders of the immune system. Adrian joined the Honda Lab in November 2020 where he is investigating the relationship between NTM pulmonary disease and aging. Due to COVID-19, his contributions are performed remotely and off campus. In his free time, Adrian enjoys building intricate puzzles, cooking, hiking, and spending his time with friends and family.

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.