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Lab members


Tessa Bergsbaken, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bergsbaken received her Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington in 2008. She continued her training in Micheal Bevan's lab at University of Washington, focusing on tissue-resident memory CD8+ T cell populations that develop in the intestinal tissue in response to local infection. She joined Rutgers NJMS Center for Immunity and Inflammation as an Assistant Professor in 2017. 

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Menglin Cheng

Ph.D. student - Cell Biology, Neuroscience and Physiology Track

B.S. - Nanjing Agricultural University

M.S. - The Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Menglin joined the lab in June 2018 and is working to identify strategies for improving CD8+ T cell immunotherapy in colorectal cancer and melanoma.

Giuseppina Marchesini-Tovar

Ph.D. student - Molecular Biology, Genetics and Cancer Track

B.S. - Polytechnic University of Madrid

Giuseppina joined the lab in 2020 and is studying the role of GPCRs in regulating tissue-resident memory T cell differentiation and effector function.

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Corey Gallen
Ph.D. Student - Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Track

Corey joined the lab in 2023 and is examining the role of CD103 in intestinal tissue-resident memory T cell function.


Jiangyan Zhang
Ph.D. Student - Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Track

Jiangyan joined the lab in 2023 and is studying plasticity in tissue-resident memory T cell populations during infection and cancer.

Angie Espinal

Research Technician

B.S. - Rutgers University-Newark

Former lab members


Helen Fung, Ph.D.


Senior Scientist, AbbVie

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