Megan Cooper, MD, PhD

Megan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and completed her MD, PhD training at The Ohio State University. As a Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow at Washington University she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Wayne Yokoyama studying the biology of natural killer cells. Her research lab is focused on two areas: 1) examining the effects of long-term activation of NK cells as a mechanism to boost the immune response, and 2) novel immunologic defects in pediatric autoimmune disease. Outside the lab she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, college football, and traveling to beach destinations (or at least dreaming about doing so!).

Molly P. Keppel, M.S.

Research Technician

After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois, Molly spent time in California and England before returning to St.Louis in 2008. She resides in South City with her husband and two children. In their spare time, they are rehabbing their old house.

Nermina Saucier, M.S.

Research Technician

Nermina joined the Cooper lab in the summer of 2010 as a research technician. She received her B.A. and M.S. in Biology from Saint Louis University. Outside of lab, she enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking and spending time with her husband Jon and daughter Lydia.

Annelise Mah, B.S.

MD, PhD Student

Annelise is an MD/PhD student in the Immunology program. She was born and bred in California and graduated from Stanford University. In the lab, she studies the metabolic pathways that fuel NK cell activation and memory. Her extracurriculars include the medtech student-run incubator Sling Health and the Med School Musical.

M. Tyler Harmon

Undergraduate assistant

Tyler is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is majoring in biology and anthropology with a pre-medical focus. In his free time, he enjoys training for triathlons and volunteering at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Emily Moore

Undergraduate researcher

Emily is an undergraduate at Washington University from New York. She is majoring in Genomics and Computational Biology and minoring in Anthropology: Global Health and Environment. She is also a ballet dancer and enjoys volunteering at the St. Louis Science Center and Mercy Children’s Hospital. In the lab, she is currently studying the metabolism of memory NK cells.

Former Lab Members

Diana He

Undergraduate Research Student

Diana is an undergraduate student at Washington University. Through her time at Wash U she has continued expand her love for science and her aspirations to work in the fields of medicine and research. She is majoring in biology and anthropology (along the Global Health and Environment track) with a pre-med focus. Diana has hosted playgroups for local adopted children from China and enjoyed runs through Forest Park. Currently in the lab, she is studying mechanisms of NK cell activation.

James Tarbox, MD

Fellow, Allergy/Immunology

James was an allergy and immunology fellow at Washington University. He completed his medical school at Texas Tech University and internal medicine residency at Cleveland Clinic.

Subsequent position: Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University

Charles Mackin, M.S.

Research Technician

Charles joined the Cooper lab during the fall of 2011 after receiving his B.S. in Molecular Biology and M.S. in Genetics from the University of Connecticut.

Subsequent position: Medical Student, Boston University

Miriam Ben Abdallah, BA

Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Miriam recently completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Miriam was a Women's Studies and French major following the pre-medical track and is interested in Pediatric Rhuematology.

Subsequent position: Medical Student, Washington University, class of 2017

Tiphanie Vogel, MD, PhD

Fellow, Pediatric and Adult Rheumatology

Tiphanie is a native of Southern California, where she played college basketball at Claremont McKenna College. During her graduate studies in the MSTP program at the University of Chicago she worked on the development of CD8 T cell memory. Tiphanie subsequently completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She was a clinical fellow in both adult and pediatric rheumatology at Washington University, and was a post-doctoral fellow investigating the role of STAT3 in autoimmune disease in the Cooper lab. Tiphanie is currently an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital.

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