• Meet the Lab

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    Taylor Brooks

    Medical Student

    Taylor earned his B.S. in Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University in 2013. While there he performed cancer immunology studies in the laboratory of Dr. William Carson and was awarded a Pelotonia Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He joined our laboratory as a Research Assistant II in August 2013. In August 2014, Taylor began his medical training at the University of Cincinnati and now works as a volunteer researcher in our laboratory. His primary focus is the interplay between NK cells and myeloid suppressor cells during chronic virus infection.

    Taylor Brooks

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    Stacey Cranert

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Stacey earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences (2009) and her Ph.D. in Cancer and Cell Biology (2014) at the University of Cincinnati. Her research concerned the biochemical and molecular analysis of functionally divergent telomere proteins in Tetrahymena thermophila . She joined our laboratory in November 2014. 

    Stacey Cranert

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    Erik Karmele

    Research Assistant III

    Erik earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati before joining our laboratory in August 2013. His graduate research was performed under the supervision of Dr. Fred Finkelman at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and involved examination of the effect of triglyceride chain length on the development of food allergies.

    Erik Karmele

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    Sarah Mahl

    Research Assistant III

    Sarah earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences at Ball State University prior to joining the Waggoner lab in June 2014.  Her Master’s research focused on the role of the transcription factor TAL1 in apoptotic resistance in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL).

    Sarah Mahl

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    Michael Moran

    Masters Student

    Michael earned his B.S. in Biology at the University of Dayton in 2014. He joined our laboratory as an Immunology Master's student in July 2014. Michael is investigating the localization of NK cells within lymphoid tissues during virus infection.

    Michael Moran

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    Seth Reighard

    MSTP Student

    Seth earned his B.S. in Microbiology (2010) at the University of Pittsburgh, before spending three years working as a research assistant and laboratory manager at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. He began his MD/PhD studies at University of Cincinnati in 2013, and will start his thesis research in our lab during the summer of 2015. He enjoys hockey, playing the drums, cooking, and the outdoors.

    Seth Reighard

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    Carolyn Rydyznski

    Immunobiology Graduate Student

    Carolyn earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati in 2012. She is in the second year of her Ph.D. training in the Immunobiology program and began a rotation in our laboratory in July of 2013.  

    Carolyn Rydyznski

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    Stephen Waggoner, PhD

    Principal Investigator

    Stephen Waggoner, PhD

  • Contact Us

    Stephen Waggoner, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Center for Autoimmune Genomics and Etiology (CAGE)
    Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
    3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 15012
    Cincinnati, OH 45229
    stephen.waggoner@cchmc.org
    OFFICE: 513-803-4607
    FAX: 513-636-3068