The Leung Lab


IMG_1203[1]Leticia Clemente
Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program Student Researcher

Leticia is a medical student at Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil who tppl part in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), an exchange program sponsored by Brazil’s government supporting science and research. As part of the exchange program, she studied Biomedical Science at Auburn University, Alabama for one year and worked with the Leung Lab during the summer of 2015 studying multi-drug resistant bacteria in travelers. Her future goal is to attend a residency program in the U.S and work in Public Health and Infectious Disease.

Picture profile[1]-1Gisiane Grouber
Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program Student Researcher

Gisiane is a student at Federal University of Parana, Brazil, where she studies Biomedical Science. She came to the U.S as an exchange student under the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). She studied Biomedical Science at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse for one year, and also with the Leung Lab during the 2015 summer studying multi-drug resistant bacteria in travelers. After her undergraduate studies, she hopes to be part of an Infectious Disease graduate program.

Mait WirenMaitland Wiren
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Assistant

Maitland is an undergraduate in Biology at the University of Utah. He received the UROP award for Summer and Fall of 2015, for a project detailing the microbial activation of mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells. Maitland hopes to become a doctor someday.




pic for leung labBen Tasevac
Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Ben received his BS from the University of Utah in Exercise and Sports Science. In the Leung lab, Ben worked on a study looking at the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of students participating in short-term international service missions. He will be attending medical school at the University of Utah.



Darrell Henderson
Lab Aide

Darrell has a B.S. from the University of Utah in Applied Physics with a minor in Chemistry. His experience includes working in design and public policy as well as the biotech industry. Darrell was a lab aide in the Leung Lab, and worked on a project looking at immunologic markers of gut inflammation in Gulf War Veterans with post-infectious irritable bowel syndrome. He is currently attending law school at Lewis and Clark.



IMG_4036Randon Gruninger
Lab Technician

Randon received his B.S. in Microbiology from Weber State University, and worked as a laboratory technician in our laboratory. During that time, he completed a Masters of Public Health from Westminster College. His research background includes developing an enumeration method for the testing of probiotics and studies on the additive effects of antibiotics to multi-drug resistant Enterococcus spp. He is currently an epidemiologist with the Utah Department of Health.





Amanda Barrett
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Assistant

Amanda worked in our lab during her fourth year of college at the University of Utah where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. She is currently attending medical school at the University of Utah.








Michael Bennett, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Michael received his BS in Microbiology from Brigham Young University (2003), and his PhD in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA (2009). As a graduate student at UCLA, he did research on HIV escape from CD8 T cell immune responses. Following his graduate studies, he has done potdoctoral studies on the effects of aging on T cell phenotype and function, age-related susceptibility to West Nile Virus, and the development of T cell clonal expansions. He has also worked with a humanized mouse model to study drug efficacy for HIV in an in vivo model. He is currently working as a research scientist at ARUP laboratories.




A. Michal Stevens, MD, MPH

Infectious Disease Fellow

Michal received her BS in biology and chemistry from George Fox University in 2003. She did an epidemiology fellowship at the CDC’s Arctic Investigations Program in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned an MPH in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. She earned her MD from University of Washington in 2011, followed by residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her fellowship in Infectious Disease at University of Utah, and has now moved to Great Falls, Montana where she is in infectious disease practice.





Joe Fuell
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Research Assistant

Joe is currently a senior at the University of Utah pursuing a B.A. in History with a minor in Chemistry. His research focuses on using historical literature to identify and evaluate antidiarrheal drugs used by local Native American tribes. His extracurricular activities consist of acting as a member of the American Chemical Society and Vice President of Tomorrow’s Scholars. In Joe’s free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, skiing, and hiking.


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Anita Iyer, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Anita received her B.Sc. (2006) and M.Sc. (2008) degree in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai, India. She joined University of Toledo (UT), Ohio as a Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences doctoral student in the Infection, Immunity and Transplantation track. As a graduate student at UT, she studied the response to pneumococcal vaccines in HIV-positive individuals on highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). Following completion of her doctoral studies, Anita joined Dr. Leung’s lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. Her projects involved studying the effectiveness of cholera vaccines in epidemic regions and evaluating the impact of gut inflammation on vaccine response. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, going for concerts and travelling with family and friends. Anita is currently working in a fellowship program at Massachusetts General Hospital with Harvard University.


Deeraj Goyal, MD MPH
Infectious Diseases Fellow

Dheeraj Goyal, MD, MPH is a board certified internist, who is a clinical fellow in infectious diseases at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He earned his MD from Dayanand Medical College in India. During that time, he earned a short term research studentship award in pharmaco-epidemology from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and worked on epidemiology of contraceptive use in an underserved area in Punjab, India. He earned his M.P.H. in health management and policy from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2011, where he was a Dean’s scholar and was inducted in Delta Omega Honorary Society. Thereafter, he completed three year residency in Internal Medicine in Toledo, OH, and worked as attending physician in Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO before moving to Utah in July, 2015 to start his fellowship. He is currently working on multiple projects including studying risk factors for community acquired ESBL infections, and developing a smartphone application for health-related counseling of international travelers. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, watching Bollywood movies, traveling, gardening and listening to Hindi and Punjabi music.


Johanna Mora
Summer Program Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Research Assistant

Johanna is an undergraduate at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and currently working on her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences. She worked in the lab as an intern for the summer of 2017, and her future plan is to go to medical school.