Yvonne Huang, M.D

Principal Investigator


An expert in studies of the respiratory microbiome in asthma and COPD, Dr. Huang has spearheaded several seminal studies in this area including trials sponsored by the NIH.  In addition to symposiums at national and international forums, she has participated on recent panels and workshops of the NIH and National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.. See Yvonne's CV here

Kris Opron PhD



Kristopher Opron received a BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Michigan State University (MSU). He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at MSU for work on biophysical simulations. Kris also worked for the Ribosomal Database Project (RDP) while studying at MSU. His current work includes metagenomics analysis, data integration, and machine learning.

Sherry Zhou, MD, MSc

Fellow in Allergy and Immunology

Sherry is an allergy and immunology fellow at the University of Michigan. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and her medical school training at NYU School of Medicine. She also received her Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation degree from NYU.  She joined the lab at the end of 2018. Her project is focused on gut microbiome and asthma phenotype.


Lesa Begley, M.S

Lab Manager Research Laboratory Specialist

Lesa Begley has been with the University since 1996, completing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in microbiology at the University of Michigan. As a senior research associate in Dr. Huang’s lab, Lesa explores the relationships between the lung microbiome, asthmatic disease, and inhaled corticosteroids commonly used in the treatment of asthma.

Jane Liujian Zhao, M.S

Research Technician


Jane received her BS in Chemistry from Nanjing University, and her MS in Chemistry from the University of Missouri in St Louis.   Jane is expert in fragmentation of proteins (proteomics) in cell lysate and serum, genotyping mice, isolation of PBMC from blood, cell culture, IHC staining, and airway sample processing.  

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Ariangela J. Kozik, PhD, Research Fellow

Ari received her BS in Biotechnology from Calvin College, and her PhD in Comparative Pathobiology from Purdue University. Ari joined the lab in the Spring of 2018, and her research is focused on using metagenomic and 16S rRNA based approaches to explore the relationships among the respiratory microbiome, gut microbiome, and asthmatic disease phenotypes.


Molly Cook

Research Lab Tech Associate


Molly joined the lab in the spring of 2018. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry at Eastern Michigan University.


Siddharth Madapoosi

Graduate Student MPH Current

Siddharth is a graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing an MPH.  He has been a member of the lab since Fall 2017 and his research interests are broadly in the field of statistical computing and data analysis as applied to clinical research.


Shelley Boa

Web Manager/Business Manager


Shelley functions as the Business Manager for the Pulmonary Division, and also supports Yvonne. She has a background in marketing. She joined the University of Michigan in 2015, and has been supporting Yvonne in her endevors since beginning of 2017.



Nicole Schafer, B.S

Clinical Research Coordinator



Nicole Schafer is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She has 8 of patient care experience, 1.5 of those being in pulmonary.

Elaina Sekuloski, BA

Clinical Subjects Coordinator


Elaina Sekuloski is a Clinical Subjects Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She has 8 years of patient care experience, 2 of those being in pulmonary

Kelly Rysso, B.S

Clinical Research Coordinator


Kelly Rysso, CCRC, is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She is a certified clinical research professional with 16 years of patient care experience and over 7 years of experience in research on large-scale NIH studies, PI-initiated studies, as well as industry studies on asthma and COPD.

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