Lenette graduated with a B.A. in the Honors Program with a major in Biology and minor in Asian Studies from Swarthmore College in 2002 where she worked in the laboratory of Elizabeth Vallen on yeast cell cycle regulation. As part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University, she earned a Ph.D. in the Molecular Virology Program in 2009 and M.D. in 2010. Her graduate work in the laboratory of Ganes Sen centered on dsRNA mediated signaling and innate immunity in the context of paramyxovirus infections. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell in 2013 and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases in the Partners program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2015. Her postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Sarah Fortune at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Galit Alter at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard focused on delineating the humoral landscape of immune responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. During these years she was an Instructor at HMS and Assistant in Medicine at MGH in the Infectious Diseases Division seeing patients in the hospital and clinic. Lenette joined the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at UT Southwestern in 2019 with a clinical practice primarily at Parkland and a research lab aimed at identifying the mechanisms by which antibodies mediate the host microbial interface in tuberculosis and beyond.
Pei Lu joined Lu Lab as a Research Associate in 2019. She earned a Ph.D in Microbiology at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy Sciences in 2012. She is interested in identifying the antibodies features which involving in tuberculosis control.
Gabrielle graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry with Honors from Texas A&M University in 2018, where she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Dorothy Shippen studying telomere biology in Arabidopsis thaliana. She then joined the UT Southwestern Medical Scientist Training Program in 2018. Gabrielle is now in her third year of the MSTP, and her graduate research project focuses on the effect of antibody glycosylation on mechanisms of control of M. tuberculosis infection.
Joshua earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon 2015. He then spent nearly four years working for Dr. Sergio Fazio at Oregon Health and Science University studying lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis as a research assistant. In 2019, Joshua was accepted into UTSW’s graduate program. He is now in his second year as an immunology graduate student and studies how diabetes alters the host’s ability to control tuberculosis through antibodies.