New award-winning lab member!

Welcome Ali Almousawi, our newest lab member. Ali is an undergraduate major in Neuroscience with a minor in Life Science Visualization, with future plans to study neuroimmunology in graduate school. Ali has been selected for the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award.

Congratulations Troy

Congratulations to Troy Trevino for being awarded a T32 Predoctoral Fellowship in the Vascular Biology, Signaling and Therapeutics (VBST) training program (T32 HL144459).

Troy was also selected for a platform presentation at the Cold Spring Harbor Labs Brain Barriers meeting (April 2021).

Undergraduate Fellowship Award!

Congratulations to Quinton Crisman for receiving a prestigious LASURI Undergraduate Research Initiative fellowship! This fellowship will fund Quinton for lab research in both semesters of the 2021-2022 academic year and allow him to present his work at a conference.  Quinton’s project is “Neurovascular inflammation in a novel mouse model of COVID-19”.

Invited seminars

Dr. Lutz is invited to present her laboratory’s research at University of California San Diego as a CCTS Visiting Scholar (Spring 2021), at Rush University Department of Microbiology (Spring 2021), and special seminars at UIC Microbiology & Immunology (Fall 2020) and Grand Rounds for UIC Neurology (January 2021, zoom link TBA)

Welcome Quinton Crisman

Quinton Crisman joined the lab as an undergraduate research fellow. His main project is to investigate how COVID-19 alters the blood-brain barrier. Outside the lab, Quinton’s interests include rock climbing and performing improv comedy at Second City.

Best Poster Award

Troy Trevino tied for first place in the best poster award competition at the Center for CardioVascular Research Conference, for his work on chemokines and BBB permeability.

Travel Award

Andrea Ochoa-Raya was competitively selected for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for their Travel Award to attend the Autumn Immunology Conference in November 2019. Andrea will present her work utilizing whole-organ clearing strategies to characterize regional differences in the blood-spinal cord barrier.