Sarah E. Lutz, Ph.D. 

Dr. Lutz opened her lab in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at UIC in 2017. Dr. Lutz obtained her Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY in 2010 and completed postdoctoral training at University of California, Irvine and Columbia University Medical Center in New York.  Her undergraduate degree is in Neuroscience from Pomona College, Claremont, California.  She trained with Dr. Dritan Agalliu (Columbia, UCI), Dr. Sunil Gandhi (UCI), and Drs. Eliana Scemes, Celia Brosnan, and Cedric Raine (Einstein),  Dr. Lutz has presented her research at national and international conferences, universities, and pharmaceutical companies, including the California Multiple Sclerosis Research Forum, Novartis, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and the University of Basque Country. Her work has been recognized with funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and fellowships from the NIH and the Stereology Resource Center, and presentation awards from University of California Riverside Center for Glial Neuronal Interactions and the Institute of Immunology at University of California Irvine. She has taught courses including Cell Biology, Stem Cells in Society, Modern Techniques in Neuroscience, and Effective Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in the Research Lab.

Jenson Phung, Lab Manager

Jenson graduated from UIC College of Liberal Arts & Science with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science in 2017. He gained experience in molecular biology and Crispr technology in the lab of Dr. Brad Merrill in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. In the Lutz lab, he is responsible for overseeing the lab functions and assisting in the training of new personnel. His research projects address blood-brain barrier repair in chronic mouse models of neuroinflammation. Jenson is an awardee of the prestigious UIC Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) and intends to pursue an MD or MD/PhD degree. Outside of his lab work, he enjoys playing volleyball and hip-hop dancing.

Rotation Students:

Cassondra Axen (GEMS program): Identifying the optimal concentration of adjuvant for chronic EAE induction

Kyle Dittloff (GEMS program): Immune cell trafficking across an in vitro blood-brain barrier: Effect of laminar flow and alpha# integrin expression

Terilyn Stevens (MSTP): Caveolar trafficking enhances regulatory T cell migration across the blood brain barrier by two-photon intravital microscopy

Undergraduate/Post-Bac students:

Elizabeth Pietruczyk: Elizabeth obtained her bachelors degree in Biology in December 2017 from Benedictine University. She is excited to be a part of the research side of science. She joins us in January 2017. In the future she plans to pursue an MD.

Mary Grace Horne: Mary is an undergraduate at UIC.