Current members

Our members are at the core of what makes the Palm Lab such a unique and dynamic place. Together, we tackle some of the most challenging problems at the intersection of immunology, microbiology and data science. Our innovative experimental approaches exploit millions of years of host-microbiota co-evolution to uncover fundamental biological processes that impact nearly all aspects of human health and disease. Find out more about our team members below.

Shana Leopold, PHD - Associate Research Scientist, Manager
Shana Leopold, PHD - Associate Research Scientist, Manager

Shana is a microbiologist with a background in application of sequencing technology for infectious disease diagnostics, microbial evolution, and the gut microbiome.

Jason Catanzaro, MD - Attending Physician, Medical Scientist
Jason Catanzaro, MD - Attending Physician, Medical Scientist
Anjelica Martin, BS, LATg - Research Associate I
Anjelica Martin, BS, LATg - Research Associate I

Anjelica earned her B.S from UConn and started working at Yale in 2016 as a animal husbandry technician. In 2018 she started working in the Palm lab to manage the gnotobiotic colony and provide research support. She loves her pet rats, likes to paint, and plays a lot of Animal Crossing.

Haiwei Chen, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher
Haiwei Chen, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher
Deguang Song, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher
Deguang Song, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher

Deguang has been working on gut microbiota structure and metabolite changes in response to environment and diet as well as their effects on the host.

Tyler Rice - PhD Candidate
Tyler Rice - PhD Candidate

Tyler is a Southern transplant to New England studying the relationship between vertebrate hosts and their microbial pathobionts & symbionts. In his spare time he enjoys a long hike with his fluffer pupper, followed by craft beer and all the snacks.

Connor Rosen - PhD Candidate
Connor Rosen - PhD Candidate
Yiyun Cao - PhD Candidate
Yiyun Cao - PhD Candidate

Yiyun earned B.S. in Life Sciences from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She is interested in how microbiota-derived small molecules affect human diseases, esp. chronic pain diseases & cancer. She is a fan of Chinese traditional culture and Japanese animations.

Nicole Sonnert - PHD Candidaye
Nicole Sonnert - PHD Candidaye

Nicole is originally from Cambridge, MA. She has earned an A.B. in Biomathematics from Mount Holyoke College and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Yi Yang - PhD Candidate
Yi Yang - PhD Candidate
Mytien Nguyen - MD-PhD Candidate
Mytien Nguyen - MD-PhD Candidate
Jason Bishai
Jason Bishai
Jordan Valdez - MD-PhD Candidate
Jordan Valdez - MD-PhD Candidate
Anchi Wu - MD-PhD Candidate
Anchi Wu - MD-PhD Candidate
Dr. Shana Leopold PhD

Shana

Associate Research Scientist, Manager

Dr. Jason Catanzaro, MD

Jason

Attending Physician, Medical Scientist

Haiwei Chen, PhD

Haiwei

HAIWEI CHEN, PHD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shana is a microbiologist with a background in application of sequencing technology for infectious disease diagnostics, microbial evolution, and the gut microbiome.

Deguang Song, PhD

Deguang

DEGUANG SONG, PHD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Deguang has been working on gut microbiota structure and metabolite changes in response to environment and diet as well as their effects on the host. Lab members agree he's an all around fun-guy!

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Anjelica

ANJELICA MARTIN, BS, RLAT

Research Associate I

Anjelica earned her B.S from UConn. In 2018 she started working in the Palm lab to manage the gnotobiotic colony. She has two chunky pet rats at home, likes to paint, and plays a lot of Animal Crossing.

Tyler Rice, PhD Candidate

Tyler

TYLER RICE

PhD Candidate

Tyler is a Southern transplant to New England studying the relationship between vertebrate hosts and their microbial pathobionts & symbionts. In his spare time he enjoys a long hike with his fluffer pupper, followed by craft beer and all the snacks.

Connor Rosen, PhD Candidate

Connor

CONNOR ROSEN

PhD Candidate

Yiyun Cao, PhD Candidate

Yiyun

YIYUN CAO

PhD Candidate

Yiyun earned B.S. in Life Sciences from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. She is interested in how microbiota-derived small molecules affect human diseases, esp. chronic pain diseases & cancer. She is a fan of Chinese traditional culture and Japanese animations. 

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Nicole

PhD Candidate

Nicole is originally from Cambridge, MA. She has earned an A.B. in Biomathematics from Mount Holyoke College

and a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Dartmouth College.

Yi

YI YANG

PhD Candidate

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Mytien

MYTIEN NYGUEN

MD-PhD Candidate

Jason B.

Jason Bishai

PhD Candidate