Division of Infectious Diseases, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center 
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The Division of Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA has a very active and robust research program that includes training of post-doctoral fellows in a variety of disciplines within Infectious Diseases. Over the past three decades, numerous fellows from all over the world have completed post-doctoral training in our Division and have gone on to successful careers in Academic Medicine and Industry. Our post-doctoral fellows are an integral part of our academic Division and work in our on campus research center, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed).

Clara Baldin, Ph.D.

Dr. Baldin is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and LA BioMed. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Biotechnologies and Industrial Biotechnologies in Italy from the University of Padua. She then received a Marie Curie Fellowship (2010) to continue with her Ph.D. in microbiology at the Hans-Knoell-Institut, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, in the lab of Dr. Axel Brakhage. There she focused on the signaling pathways involved in the pathogenicity of the human pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. In 2015 she joined Dr. Ashraf Ibrahim’s lab is at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and LA BioMed, where she is continuing her research in human pathogenic fungi focusing on mucorales species. In particular, she is developing new molecular tools to characterize Rhizopus delemar, one of the main causes of mucormycosis.

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Liana Chan, Ph.D.

Dr. Chan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  She earned her Ph.D. in Infectious Diseases & Immunity from the University of California, Berkeley and trained under Dr. Henry F. “Chip” Chambers at the University of California, San Francisco.  There, she studied molecular mechanisms of ceftaroline and ceftobiprole resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  In 2014, she joined the lab of Dr. Michael Yeaman at Harbor-UCLA.  Here, Dr. Chan has focused on understanding the host response to recurrent MRSA infections by utilizing immunological, molecular, cellular and microbiological techniques.  She has published 11 peer-reviewed research papers and was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant from the American Heart Association.

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Marc Swidergall, Ph.D.

Dr. Swidergall is a Postdoctoral Fellow, working with Scott G. Filler, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.  Dr. Swidergall studied at the Heinrich-Heine-University (HHU) in Dusseldorf, Germany, Biology (B.Sc., 2010, and M.Sc., 2012), majoring in Microbiology and Molecular Biomedicine.  He then received his doctoral training in the laboratory of Professor Joachim F. Ernst in the Department of Molecular Mycology at HHU, and graduated Summa cum Laude in 2015 (Ph.D.).  His research is focused on identifying and characterizing novel host receptors that mediate the response of epithelial cells and phagocytes to the fungal pathogen, Candida albicans during invasive and mucosal infections. Dr. Swidergall received a Young Investigator award from the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) in 2014, and has been a speaker at international conferences.

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 Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is an active and integral training campus of the broader    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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