Lab Alumni

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This page is currently under construction as we continue to gather information about lab alumni. To provide you with the best understanding of potential connections and careers possible, we are currently gathering data regarding the positions held by former lab members. Thank you for your patience as we continue to update this page!


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Graduate Students

Shaswath Sekar Chandrasekar: PhD

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Graduate Student (2017 – 2022)
Current Position: 

Akanksha Thukral

Graduate Student (-)
Current Position:

Hazem Abdelaal, PhD, MVSc

Graduate Student (2014 – 2020)
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow at Seattle Children’s Research Institute – Center for Global Infectious Diseases

Research Scientists

Chia-wei Wu, PhD

Senior Scientist (-Fall 2022); Graduate Student ()
Current Position:

Amanda Venturino

Senior Scientist (-)
Current Position:

Visiting Scholars

Sherein Abdelgayed, PhD, MSc

Visiting Fulbright Scholar (2021-2022)
Current Position: Professor of Veterinary Pathology at Cairo University


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Zeinab Ibrahim Ali, PhD

Visiting Scholar (2016-2018)
Current Position: Assistant Professor in Food Hygiene at Cairo University

Undergraduate & High School Students

Osama Fattouh

Undergraduate Researcher (Spring 2020-Spring 2022)
Current Position: Graduate of UW-Madison

Krithi Gopinath

High School Research Intern (Summer 2021)
Current Position: High School Student at Germantown High School

“My experience in the Talaat lab sparked my interest in biology and allowed me to explore a career in research, which was something I was not previously considering. It also provided me with an opportunity to study in a lab setting, which is an experience that is usually not available to high school students. Dr. Talaat and the students were also incredibly welcoming and supportive of my future studies.”

Tarek Fattouh

Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2021 – Spring 2022)
Current Position: Undergraduate Student at UW-Madison

“My experience in the Talaat lab gave me tremendous exposure to research work as well as hands on experience working in a lab setting. I was able to grow my lab skills and learn about various techniques that aren’t normally seen in a typical classroom setting.”


High School Research Intern (May-June 2021)
Current Position: