Graduate and professional students


   Kayla Marie Fantone (graduate student, 2019-)

Kayla completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Clarkson University and completed her Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology at Albany College of Health Science and Pharmacy in the state of New York. Her undergraduate research work was under Dr. Tim Sellati at the Trudeau Institute and her Master’s work included understanding the mechanisms of inflammasome suppression by Francisella tularensis, under Dr. Meenakshi Malik. Kayla is currently working in the laboratory towards her PhD in Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia, to better understand the interactions between bacteria and host immune cells in cystic fibrosis airways.

   Nuha Milad Ashtiwi MD (graduate student, 2019-)

     Nuha completed her medical degree at the University of Tripoli, in Tripoli, Libya. She has then acquired a Master’s degree in Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory / Biomedical Sciences MLS at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, US.  Nuha’s previous research  work focused on the phenotypic analysis of mutant strains of Borrelia Burgdorferi, the Lyme disease agent, under the supervision of Dr. Christian Eggers. Nuha joined the Rada lab at UGA at the end of November 2019 and her research focuses on oxidative epithelial antimicrobial mechanisms targeting influenza virus and pneumococcus.

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   Faris Abdullah Almutairi (graduate student, 2019-

   Faris received his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science from King Saud University in 2012. Currently, he is a PhD candidate, and his work in the laboratory focuses on anti-inflammatory proteins regulating alveolar macrophage activation and influenza infection. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, hanging out with friends, and traveling. Email:


Arthur Miller (Double Dawg, 2018-)

Arthur is part of UGA’s Double Dawg program that allows motivated students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less. His major is Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major while he will earn a Master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences during his time at UGA. He plans to go to medical school afterwards. In the laboratory, Arthur investigates the reaction of human neutrophils, NET formation in particular, in response to cystic fibrosis clinical isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.


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