Donnenberg Lab Members

Lab members outside our building March 2007
Wensheng, Qin Dan, Xiaolin, Katya, Greg, Michael, Qiwen, Qin Guo

Principal Investigator

   Michael S. Donnenberg, M.D.

Research Specialist

   Wensheng Luo

Laboratory Assistant

   Qin Dan

Postdoctoral Fellows

   Ekaterina Milgotina, Ph.D.

   Oliver Maddocks, Ph.D.

   Aditi Gupta, Ph.D.

Graduate Students

   Leon De Masi

   Joshua Lieberman

Former Lab Members

Michael Donnenberg


    University of Maryland, Baltimore
    School of Medicine
    Division of Infectious Diseases
    20 Penn Street, HSF2 S403D
    Baltimore, MD 21201

    Phone: (410) 706-7562
    Fax: (410) 706-8700

Personal Information
    Born Nov. 9, 1958 in New York, NY
    Married to Paula Fernandes
   Three children (all boys)
            Aaron Lewis born March 18, 1989
            Samual Nathan born February 11, 1992
            Gabriel Dylan born February 28, 1995

    State University of New York @ Albany                                     B.S.(Biology)  1979
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons        M.D.               1983
    Residency in Internal Medicine, Baltimore City Hospitals                              1983 - 1986
    Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, New England Medical Center                    1986 - 1989
    Post-doctoral Research, laboratory of Jerry Keusch, Boston, MA                    1987 - 1989
    Post-doctoral Research, laboratory of Jim Kaper , Baltimore, MD                   1989 - 1990

    Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Associate Chairman for Research, Department of Medicine
    Member of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences, Programs in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Medicine, and Biochemistry

    Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation (2001)
    Oswald Avery Award (2000), Infectious Diseases Society of America
    Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2007)

Other Interests
    Food, wine, music, running, The New York Yankees, and Maryland Terrapins basketballTerps

Ekaterina Milgotina, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Bioorganic Chemistry, Moscow State University, Russia, 2001

Current Research Project
Interactions Among Inner Membrane Components of the Bundle-Forming Pilus Biogenesis Machine

Other Interests
Music, art, restaurants


Oliver Maddocks, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Cancer Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, 2008

MRPharmS, Member Royal Pharmaceutical Society Great Britain, 2004

MPharm, Pharmacy Masters Degree, Cardiff University, 2003


Current Research Projects
The role of EPEC in colorectal carcinogenesis

Interactions Between EspF and Target Protein Abcf2



2008-9 Fulbright AstraZeneca Research Fellowship Award

Other Interests
All things rugby including playing for the Baltimore Chesapeake RFC

Playing and coaching soccer; skiing, sailing; baseball, football


Aditi Gupta, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Allahabad University, India, 1999

Current Research Project
Structural Analysis of EPEC Virulence Proteins

Other Interests
Music, painting, cooking


Wensheng Luo

Personal Information:
Born October,1966 in Southern China
Married to Xiangbin Zhang
Daughter Rebecca (Born on June 1,1998  in Baltimore, MD)
Son Danial (Born on December 1, 1993 in China)

Bachelor of Science (Biology), Hunan Normal University, Changsha, China, 1989
Master of Science (Microbiology), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China, 1992

Current Research Project: The EspABD Translocon


Luo W, Liu A, Chen Y, Lim HM, Marshall-Neff J, Black JH, Baldwin W 3rd, Hruban RH, Stevenson SC, Mouton P, Dardik A, Ballermann BJ. Inhibition of accelerated graft arteriosclerosis by gene transfer of soluble fibroblast growth factor receptor-1 in rat aortic transplants. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2004 Jun;24(6):1081-6. PMID: 15072997

Sengoelge G, Luo W, Fine D, Perschl AM, Fierlbeck W, Haririan A, Sorensson J, Rehman TU, Hauser P, Trevick JS, Kulak SC, Wegner B, Ballermann BJ. A SAGE-based Comparison between Glomerular and Aortic Endothelial Cells. Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2005 Jan 18( Epub ahead of print). PMID: 15657302

O'Connell CB, Creasey EA, Knutton S, Elliott S, Crowther LJ, Luo W, Albert MJ, Kaper JB, Frankel G, Donnenberg MS. SepL, a protein required for enteropathogenic Escherichia coli type III translocation, interacts with secretion component SepD. Mol Microbiol. 2004 Jun;52(6):1613-25, PMID:15186412 

Karaolis DK, Rashid MH, Chythanya R, Luo W, Hyodo M, Hayakawa Y.c-di-GMP (3'-5'-cyclic diguanylic acid) inhibits Staphylococcus aureus cell-cell interactions and biofilm formation. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2005 Mar;49(3):1029-38, PMID: 15728899

Luo W and Donnenberg MS.  Analysis of the function of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli EspB by random mutagenesis.  Infect. Immun. 2006; 74: 810-820.


Leon De Masi


BS, Biology, St. Josephs University, 2005

Current Research Project
Role of BfpI, J, K and L in BFP biogenesis


Baseball, movies, cooking, history


Joshua Lieberman


BS, Microbiology, University of Maryland College Park, 2005

Current Research Project
Interactions Between Inner and Outer Membrane Components of the BFP machine


Shao Lin, Tai Chi, yoga




Former Lab Members

Lab photo Nov' 99: Left to right Hailang, Sanjay, Colin, Michael, Barry, Ravi, Jan-Michael, Rick, Wiebke, Farah

Lab at Wintergreen Ski Resort Feb 03
Lab at Wintergreen Ski Resort Feb '03
Left to right, top row: Wensheng, Paula, Lynne, Xiaolin.  
Bottom row: Michael, Eric, Anu, Colin, Jean-Philippe


Lab members ready for tubing at Rocks State Park, August 2005
Qin Guo, Aparna, Lynne, Michael, Wensheng, Qin Dan, Greg, Xiaolin

Ravi Anantha (updated 12/08)

            Senior Scientist

            Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation

            1405 Research Blvd.

            Rockville, Maryland 20850

Farah (Bahrani) Mougeot, Ph.D.

            Director, Laboratory Research in Oral Medicine
            Carolina's Medical Center
            Cannon Research Center/Room 211
            P.O. Box 32861

            Charlotte, NC 28232

T. Eric (Rick) Blank, Ph.D.

            1425 Porter Street
            Fort Detrick, MD 21702-2152

Eric Buckles, Ph.D. (updated 12/08)

            Assistant Professor
            Department of Biology
            Dillard University
            New Orleans, LA 70122

Anu Daniel, Ph.D. (updated 12/08)

            Research Scientist
            Cubist Pharmaceuticals

            65 Hayden Avenue
            Lexington, MA  02421

Paula Fernandes, Ph.D. (updated 12/08)

            Global Scientific Solutions for Health
            GSS Health

Greg Foster, Ph.D. (updated 12/08)

            Postdoctoral Fellow
            National Animal Disease Center

            2300 Dayton Ave.

            Ames, IA 50010

Qin Guo

Li-Ching Lai

            Research Associate
            Ohio State University
            Columbus, OH

Jan-Michael Klapproth, M.D. (updated 12/08)

            Assistant Professor of Medicine
            Division of Gastroenterology
            Emory University
            Atlanta, GA

Barry P. McNamara, Ph.D .

            Product Safety & Regulatory Department
            The Procter & Gamble Company
            Sharon Woods Technical Center
Reed Hartman Highway
            Cincinnati, Ohio 45241

Jean-Philippe Nougayrède, Ph.D

            UMR 1225, INRA - ENVT
            Interactions Hôtes-Agents pathogènes
            23 chemin des Capelles
            31076 Toulouse Cedex 3

Colin B. O'Connell, Ph.D.

             Cancer Registry Director
             Charlotte Kimelman Cancer Institute
             9048 Sugar Estate
             St. Thomas, VI  00803

Leslie Palmer, Ph.D.

            SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals
            1250 South Collegeville Road, PO Box 5089
            Collegeville, PA  19426-0989

Ron Rabinowitz, M.D.

            Assistant Professor of Medicine
            University of Maryland

Tom Reilly, Ph.D.

            Assistant Professor
            Veterinary Pathobiology
            College of Veterinary Medicine
            P.O. Box 6023
            Columbia, MO 65211

Isabel Scaletsky, Ph.D.

            Escola Paulista de Medicina
            Rua Botucatu, 862-3
            Andar 04023-062
            Sao Paulo - S.P. 04023-062

Wiebke Schrieber, Ph.D.
            Dr. Fooke Laboratorien GmbH            
            NL Neuruppin
            Alt Ruppiner Allee 40
            16816 Neuruppin


Aparna Singh, Ph.D.  (updated 12/08)

            Commissioner’s Fellow
            Center for Veterinary Medicine
            Food and Drug Administration
            Laurel, MD 20708

Kelly Stone, M.D., Ph.D. (updated 9/07)

Associate Director, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Training Program
Laboratory of Allergic Diseases
National Institutes of Health
10 Center Drive, Building 8, Room 2A01
Bethesda, MD 20892-1899

Kate Taylor, Ph.D.

             Senior Biologist, Functional Group Leader, In Vivo Testing
             Lilly Research Laboratories
             Eli Lilly and Company
             Lilly Corporate Center
             Indianapolis, Indiana  46285

Simon Utsalo, Ph.D.

            Senior Lecturer
            Department of Medical Microbiology
            College of Medical Sciences
            P.O. Box 1721

Xiaolin Wang, R.N.

            Registered Nurse
            Lorien Columbia

Hong-Zhong Zhang, Ph.D.

            Assistant Professor
            Division of Infectious Disease
            San Francisco General Hospital
            University of California San Francisco
            3rd and Parnassus Avenue
            San Francisco, CA  94143-0811

Hailang Zhong

            Wayne State University
            2241 Elliman Building
            421 E. Canfield
            Detroit, MI 48201