Lab Members

Courtney Becker
Lab Manager
Anthony Castro
Research Associate
Kathleen "Katie" Kershaw, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Kathleen "Katie" Kershaw, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University. She earned her doctorate in molecular and cellular pathology from the UCLA, where she studied TCF/LEF based Wnt/β-catenin signaling in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. In the Underhill Laboratory and working with Stephen Shiao, MD, PhD, at Cedars-Sinai, Kershaw will investigate the role of the microbiome in a tumor's immune response to radiation therapy.

Kai Li, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Kai Li, PhD, received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in China. He moved to Germany in 2013 and earned his doctorate in 2018 from the Technical University of Munich. Li studied the function of a C-type lectin receptor Clec12A in the innate immune system under the supervision of Jürgen Ruland, PhD. Li's current research interests focus on the interaction between host mycobiota and the immune system in autoimmune disease settings.

Jose Limon-Tello, PhD
Project Scientist

Jose Limon-Tello, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, where he investigated the immunomodulatory effects of active-site mTOR kinase inhibitors in the laboratory of David Fruman, PhD. Limon-Tello’s current research interests are on host mycobiota interactions as they relate to health and disease in the gastrointestinal tract.

Christopher Nguyen
Research Associate
Seeun Oh
Graduate Student

Seeun Oh received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from South Korea. She moved to the United States in 2012 and worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine at Cedars-Sinai. Her current research focuses on the role of hexokinase, an enzyme of glycolysis, in innate responses to microbial recognition.

Marissa Peterson
Graduate Student

Marissa Paterson graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry before joining the Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine at Cedars-Sinai. Her research focuses on dectin-1-triggered LC3-associated phagocytosis and its role in shaping adaptive immune responses.

Alexander Prince
Research Associate
Andrea Wolf, PhD
Research Scientist

Andrea Wolf, PhD, received her doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco, where she studied the adaptive T cell responses to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. Wolf then joined the Underhill Laboratory to study the innate immune responses of phagocytic cells to microbes. Her research has focused on the role that degradation of the bacterial cell wall plays in the induction of inflammatory signals necessary for controlling bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus aureus. Wolf has identified a role for the metabolic enzyme hexokinase in innate immune sensing of bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan. Her research has begun to examine the connections between cellular metabolism and the sensing of microbes by phagocytic cells.

Contact the Underhill Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Building, Room 4094F
Los Angeles, CA 90048