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.

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Jason Catanzaro, MD - Attending Physician, Medical Scientist
Jason Catanzaro, MD - Attending Physician, Medical Scientist
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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.

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Haiwei Chen, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher
Haiwei Chen, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nicole Sonnert - PHD Candidate
Nicole Sonnert - 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.

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Yi Yang - PhD Candidate
Yi Yang - PhD Candidate

Yi earned B.S. Medicine from Peking University and started her PhD training in the Immunobiology program at Yale from 2017. She has broad interests in understanding the complex interactions of host and commensals in health and disease.

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Mytien Nguyen - MD-PhD Candidate
Mytien Nguyen - MD-PhD Candidate
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Jason Bishai
Jason Bishai
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Jordan Valdez - MD-PhD Candidate
Jordan Valdez - MD-PhD Candidate
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Anchi Wu - MD-PhD Candidate
Anchi Wu - MD-PhD Candidate
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Varnica Khetrapal, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher
Varnica Khetrapal, PHD - Postdoctoral Researcher

Varnica is a microbiologist with experience in microbial pathogenesis, bacterial genetics, and genetic engineering. She earned her PhD from National University of Singapore, and has recently moved to the northern hemisphere. She is interested in understanding bacterial genes involved in host-microbe interactions. When not in the lab, she loves travelling and exploring the world.

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