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Sandy-RebholzName: Sandy Rebholz

Position:  Senior Research Assistant

Degrees: B.S. Clinical Laboratory Science (University of Cincinnati, 2006), Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology (Raymond Walters College, 1998), Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts (The Ohio State University, 1996)

Joined lab: First time in September 1998 after graduating from the Vet Tech program, Second time in September 2018 (after a hiatus in the UC IACUC office and 8 years with Dr. Laura Woollett’s lab)

Job Description: Studying the metabolic pathways in the fungal pathogens of Pneumocystis species; the host response to these; and pre-clinical drug development for the treatment of the pneumonia caused by these fungi.


Steven SaysonName: Steven Sayson, MS

Position: Doctoral graduate student, Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Program

Degrees:  MS in Biological Sciences from Wright State University- studied the maintenance of pluripotency in planarian stem cells. Studied the effects of pilot stressors at the Air Force Research Laboratory, leading the metagenomic sequencing and bioinformatic studies.

Joined lab: Employed as a research technician in 2017 then applied and was accepted into Graduate school in 2018.

Job Description: Characterization of the extracellular vesicles during Pneumocystis infection. Project details are under “Lab Research Projects”


Alan-AshbaughName: Alan Ashbaugh

Position: Senior Research Associate

Degrees: BS in biology at Valparaiso University in 1990. After graduation, worked in a pre-clinical testing facility studying toxicity effects of new compounds. 

Joined lab:  Employed as a Research Assistant in 1997

Job description: Responsible for all animal study- related activities including writing protocols, treating and processing research animals and analyzing all data. As lab manager, my responsibilities include ordering supplies, managing budgets and assisting all co-workers and students with their various research projects.


Aaron-AlbeeName: Aaron W. Albee

Position: Doctoral graduate student, Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Program

Degree: B.S. in microbiology from Mississippi State University with a research focus in novel treatment for Candida albicans infections. Before returning to school he worked as a veterinary technician in both small practice and emergency centers, specializing in critical care and surgery.

Job description.  To understand the sexual reproductive strategy within different Pneumocystis species. Project details are under “Lab Research Projects”

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Melanie T. Cushion, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Research
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Senior Research Career Scientist, VAMC
Phone: 513-558-7540