Immunology is a complex, fast moving, and intense field of study. Immunological underpinnings can be found in most fields of research, but especially those involving the biological sciences.

Keeping up with advances and discoveries can be challenging, but keeping new discoveries in context with immunology as a whole is nearly impossible. Or, it is for any one person. Thus: Immunobites!



Kimberly Hagel is a third year PhD candidate in the Program for Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Harvard University. Her work focuses on discovering the ways in which pancreatic cancer evades and resists immunotherapeutic insults. A cancer biologist by training, Kimberly hopes to emphasize the incredible, exciting, and novel ways in which the immune system can be therapeutically directed to fight cancer. Kimberly is passionate about science communication and, to this end, is a mentor for high school students interested in biology as well as a writer and leading editor for Science in the News, a science outreach organization at Harvard. Read posts by Kimberly.


Kerry M. Leehan holds a PhD in Pathology and a MS in Micro/Immunology with a special interest in T cells, NKT cells, and autoimmune disease. Committed to clear scientific communication, she is currently a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the Millenium Challenge Corporation. Her dissertation work focused on the role of T cells and fibrosis of salivary gland tissue in Sjögren’s Syndrome at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Follow her on Twitter @DrDitder. Read posts by Kerry.


Mariel Mohns is currently a research technician at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she studies T cell responses to viruses like HIV/SIV and Zika, but will soon transition away from academia to become a staff science writer for a major biotech company. She earned a BA in Biology and a BMus in Piano Performance from Lawrence University, followed by a MS in Biological Sciences from Mississippi College. She is passionate about science communication and moonlights as a freelance science writer for a variety of web-based outlets. Follow her on Twitter @marielmohns. Read posts by Mariel.


Vinidhra Mani is a PhD candidate in Immunology at Harvard. Vini studies how T cells integrate signals through their development to differentiate into resident memory T cells in the skin epidermis and killer T cells in the tumor. She is a Co-Director Emeritus of Science in the News at Harvard University and executive producer of the SIT’N Listen! Podcast and loves to share her love for science with all. Follow her on Twitter @vinidhra. Read posts by Vinidhra.

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Maria Rodgers is a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.  She graduated from University of Miami with a B.S. in Marine Science and Biology and then moved to Clemson University to obtain her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences.  For her dissertation, she studied sea turtle immunology (with an emphasis on her favorite immunoglobulin, IgY). Currently, Maria is working on understanding the immunotoxic impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on various fishes. Read posts by Maria.


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Benjamin Cassidy

Anita Ray


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