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 University of Utah (2014). He has worked as a TA with the U of U Biology Department’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 Division of the Department of Neurology at the U, where he was a research assistant for observational 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 with a stack of books and a large coffee at local bookstores during his freetime. He also loves watching movies, hockey games, and listening to music. He is in the process of applying to medical school, and hopes to gain admission in the near future.


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.


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) Assistant

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
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. His humanitarian response activities include leading public health disaster assistance and response teams to the Philippines after typhoon Haiyan and to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake where he served as Camp Coordinator, managed a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaign, food security and vector control services, and carried out a mass vaccination campaign for over 20,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). 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.




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 is working in the lab as an intern for the summer of 2017, and her future plan is to go to medical school.