Brian C. VanderVen PhD               

Brian received his BS in microbiology from Montana State University and his PhD in Microbiology from Colorado State University where he was a graduate student in John Belisle’s lab. Brian was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University in David Russell’s laboratory. The VanderVen lab at Cornell opened for business in 2014.

Research Associates/Postdoctoral Fellows

Christine in lab

 Christine R. Montague, MS, PhD 

Christine received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Virginia, MS in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University, and her PhD in Biomedical Engineering University of Virginia. Christine is interested in single cell analysis of bacterial metabolism during infection and studying the pathways required for bacterial survival in granulomas.

Graduate Students

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Kaley M. Wilburn                            

Kaley attended the University of Central Florida where she majored in Biomedical Sciences. Kaley is interested in how Mtb assimilates cholesterol during infection and small molecules that modulate the innate immune response to Mtb.


Rachael A. Fieweger                       

Rachael attended the University of Wisconsin where she majored in Genetics. Rachael is interested in the regulation of bacterial metabolism during infection and the impact of innate immunity on Mtb physiology in vivo.

Scarlett for website

Scarlett E. Lee, DVM                          

Scarlett received her DVM from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Scarlett is interested in how the effector and memory functions of antigen specific CD4+ T cells vary with age in the mouse model of TB infection.

Summer 2019


Halloween 2018

Halloween 2018

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Christine's halloween

Rachael as El


Dearly Departed:

Thuy La, Technician, 2014-2018

Naman Shah, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017

Connor Duncan, Undergraduate, 2015-2017

Caroline Moon, Leadership Student (VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine), 2016

Mark Savage, Leadership Student (University of College Dublin), 2015

Hannah Yoo, Undergraduate, 2014-2016

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