The Leung Lab


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Daniel T. Leung, MD MSc
Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Daniel received his BSc (’98) and MSc (’01) from the University of British Columbia, and an MD (’05) from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School. From 2010 to 2014, Daniel lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, working on diarrheal disease immunology as a joint research fellow of Massachusetts General Hospital and the Centre for Vaccine Sciences at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). He currently sees patients on the Infectious Diseases consult service at the University of Utah Hospital and in the Travel Clinic. His research is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund-ASTMH, the Thrasher Research Fund, and the National Institutes of Health. In his free time, Daniel enjoys hiking, skiing, and hanging out with his family.



Shubhanshi Trivedi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Trivedi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology (2007) from DAVV University, India. She completed her Masters of Biotechnology with Honors (2010) and PhD (2015) from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Her research work has provided novel insights to factors that can play a fundamental role in modulating mucosal vaccine efficacy in the context of HIV-1. She has recently joined Dr. Leung’s laboratory as a postdoctoral research fellow. Her current work involves studying DNA methylation changes in MAIT cells obtained from human PBMCs and colon biopsies. She will also work towards determining the effects of intestinal infection on respiratory immunity using animal models.


Cole Anderson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow 

Cole received his B.Sc. (2010) in Biology at Sam Houston State University, and completed his Ph.D. (2016) in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. During his graduate tenure, Cole studied the mechanisms of iron homeostasis and its impact on diabetes and innate immunity. Cole recently joined the Leung lab where he will be examining the transcriptional mechanisms that regulate MAIT cell function. Outside the lab, Cole has become an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker, and is often found in the mountains or desert photographing stuff.



IMG_0295-e1470332010471-818x1024Michael Graves
Lab Technician/Research Assistant

Michael completed both a B.S. in Criminal Justice at Weber State University (2008), and a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at the Univ. of Utah (2014). He’s worked as a TA with the U of U Biology Dept.’s Microbiology program in both lecture and lab courses, as well as for a special exchange program in August 2015 which brought students from Jazan University, Saudi Arabia to Utah for a chance to learn about biological lab techniques and practices. He also tutored for biology and chemistry courses at Salt Lake Community College for over 4 years. His previous research experience includes working with the Movement Disorders Div. of the Dept. of Neurology at the U, where he was a Research Assistant for clinical studies exploring such disorders as Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s chorea. An avid reader, he can frequently be found perusing the aisles or settled into the cafe of local bookstores with a stack of books and a large coffee (his caffeine tolerance is the stuff of legends). He also loves watching movies, hockey, and listening to music. He is currently applying to medical school.



IMG_0315Kendal Angell
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kendal Angell is a pre-med student from Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his B.S. from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Nuclear Medicine. He currently works in the Radiology Dept. at the University of Utah Hospital. He enjoys spending time with his wife, and mountain biking in his free time. He will be applying to medical school this year.




Fabio picFabio Barros, Jr.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Fabio is currently a sophomore at the University of Utah pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. His extracurricular activities consist of acting as a member of the Association of Pharmacology and Toxicology Students and of the Pi Kappa Alpha international fraternity. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his family and friends.




Jesse C. Bliss, MPH
Public Health PhD Student 

Jesse graduated from La Sierra University with B.A. in Psychology (2003) and received his MPH in International Health along with two graduate certificates (Humanitarian Assistance and Health Geoinformatics (GIS)) from Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLU SPH) in 2005. For 10 years, he served as faculty in both Global Health and Environmental/Occupational Health and as Assistant Dean for LLU SPH. Jesse is experienced in emergency public health and humanitarian disaster response and has worked extensively in Central and South America, East and West Africa, and in Guam and the Republic of Palau. Jesse is a current PhD student in Public Health focused on infectious disease epidemiology at the UofU School of Medicine Division of Public Health. He loves spending time with his family, mountain biking, snowboarding, fishing and photography.


Hemantha Walaliyadda
Research Assistant

Graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Biology. He is working as a Bone Densitometrist at the Arthritis Specialty Center and applying to medical school this year. He enjoys prancing in the woods with friends, adrenaline inducing activities, and dancing enthusiastically.





Nadine Sbaih
Medical Student

Nadine Sbaih is a medical student, here at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Human Development at the University of Utah. She aspires to specialize in an area of medicine that encompasses her passion for humanitarian work, research, and medical education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, cooking, and going to RSL soccer games.




Timothy Smith, DO
Infectious Diseases Fellow

Tim received his Bsc (2009) from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and a DO (2013) from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, going on to do residency at Stroger (Cook County) Hospital in Chicago, and is now an Infectious Diseases fellow at the University of Utah. He is interested in global health and plans to attend the Gorgas tropical medicine course in Lima, Peru in Winter 2018.  In his free time, Tim enjoys activities that are generally outdoors and hazardous to his health, including mountain biking, backpacking, and camping.