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PI: Mike Hogan

Mike is a virologist, immunologist, and vaccinologist who did his PhD at UPenn in the labs of Drew Weissman (mRNA vaccines) and Jim Hoxie (HIV virology and immunogenicity) and his postdoctoral training at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia with Ike Eisenlohr (non-classical antigen presentation). 

Mike is super excited about setting up his own lab at Penn Vet and recruiting enthusiastic trainees to make new discoveries about protective immunity and effective vaccine design. 

He lives in South Philadelphia with his fiancé and his headstrong cat, Conrad. Outside of the lab, Mike is passionate about his hobbies of singing, language learning, and enjoying nature.

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Research Specialist: Sophia Gambale

Sophia is a researcher in the Hogan Lab who completed her B.S. in Forensic Science with a Biology concentration and Minor in Environmental Science at the University of New Haven, as well as an M.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Earth Systems at Drexel University.


She has experience conducting field and laboratory research in animal behavior, ecology, and forensics and is eager to broaden her knowledge and skillset in virology and immunology. Sophia is passionate about science, animals, and research and is thrilled to be able to aid in the innovation and optimization of vaccines. Being an early member of the Hogan Lab has been incredibly exciting for her, and she can't wait to see it flourish with research and recruits!


Sophia lives in University City with her boyfriend and four not-so-typical animals, including a leopard gecko, Koko Pebbles, a canary, Bagel, a canary winged bee bee, Fern, and a rainbow lorikeet named Luna. As you can imagine, her apartment is always filled with lots of noise and plenty of feathers! In her free time, she enjoys crafting, hiking, listening to music, and playing animal crossing.  

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Rotating PhD Student: Lauren Olenick

Lauren is a rotating graduate student from the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (Gene Therapy and Vaccines). She has spent the last eight years in research, having experiences in industry and academia. Passionate about comparative research and the development of novel therapeutics, Lauren is particularly interested in utilizing animal models to better understand the prevention, pathogenesis, and treatment of both veterinary and human disease. Outside of the lab, she enjoys following Philly sports teams and spending time with her dogs, Evie and Watts.


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Rotating PhD Student: Kendall Lundgreen

Cell and Molecular Biology (CAMB) Graduate Group; concentrating in Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology (MVP).

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