The Latest:

2020 News

Officially joining the lab as part of their thesis training in Penn’s IGG program is former rotation student Evonne Jean! We are excited to have them start their work in lab and they are starting up an exciting collaboration with Ishmail Abdus-Saboor’s lab who will serve as Evonne’s co-mentor.

The Herbert lab has officially entered Penn’s Phase 2 for the resumption of research. We are now at about 50% capacity at any given hour in the lab. We are getting anxious and starting to produce some data again!

A former member of the lab has some exciting news, Rachel Cohen has decided to matriculate into the University of Colorado Anschutz’s Medical Scientist Training Program to pursue her MD-PhD!

The Herbert lab has officially entered Penn’s Phase 1 for the resumption of research. We may only be at 20% capacity at any given hour in the lab, but we are making the most of this invaluable lab time after all this writing and planning!

Officially joining the lab as part of his thesis training in Penn’s IGG program is former rotation student Jay Ortiz! We are excited to have him hit the ground running!

We in the Herbert Lab hope that everyone is staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we are not doing any wet lab work, we are all working hard from home on data analyzation, manuscript editing/preparation, and grant writing!

She did it! Kelly Zullo is now Doctor Kelly Zullo Ph.D. Immunology! She will be moving onto to a cushy new job and we wish her the best of luck!

We have a new rotation student in the Herbert lab; Evonne Jean joins as part of her second rotation in the IGG program here at Penn.

We have welcomed a new volunteer lab member, Devon Tucker to the lab. She is planning on applying to Vet School and is getting some research experience!

Mark your calendars; graduate student Kelly Zullo will defend her thesis project on January 22nd at 9:00 BRB 1st floor Auditorium!

The Latest:

2019 News

Check out an article from Penn Today that features what makes working at PennVet in the Pathiobiology department so unique! Link.

Check out an article featuring work in our lab and with our colleagues in Quanta magazine about tuft cells in the lung. Link.

De’Broski recently had the pleasure of giving a lecture at the Malaghan Institute in Wellington, New Zealand. His host was Graham LeGros, director of the Malaghan Institute, who is doing Hookworm trials in humans!

We are happy to have another grad student on rotation in the Herbert Lab! Jay Ortiz will be doing his first rotation with us, and he is part of the IGG program.

Congrats to Li-Yin for her second paper this year that will be featured front cover; this time the title is Cell-Intrinsic Wnt4 Influences Conventional Dendritic Cell Fate Determination to Suppress Type 2 Immunity published in The Journal of Immunology!

Another one of our great technicians, Annabel Ferguson, has left the lab to pursue her PhD degree here at Penn in the Cell and Molecular Biology Program (CAMB). Good luck Annabel!

Our fantastic technician Karl Herbine has left the lab to start his graduate degree at Thomas Jefferson University. Good luck Karl!

Interested in ILC2’s? Check out this review written by members of our lab!

The summer student bonanza has begun! We have 4 this year!

  • Joshua Worth has joined us again for the second year in a row as part of the STEM program. He is a rising high school junior at Kamehameha Schools Maui from Hawaii.
  • Nisha Vora comes to us from another part of West Philly, Drexel University. She is a rising sophomore in the BS/MD program there.
  • Essence Vinson has come to us from Coppin State who is a rising senior majoring in Biology.
  • Joshua Whang is a rising Junior at Amherst College majoring in Classics.

IGG 1st Year Student Andrea Wong has her Preliminary Exam scheduled for May 28th, 2019. Wish her luck!

Thanks to everyone who attend this year’s Woods Hole Immunoparasitology Conference! Looking forward to next year when Elia Tait Wonjo is head organizer!

Mark your calendars for the next meeting that will be co-organized by Dr. Herbert: Keystone Symposia: Helminths – New Insights from Immunity to Global Health. December 8th-12th 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Link

Dr. Herbert is going on a helminth field study in Lagos, Nigeria which will focus on school-aged children.

WHIP is less than 1 month away! HOW EXCITING! Get ready! April 14th-17th. Hopefully we will have a solution to the Game of Thrones premiere for everyone on Sunday night (fingers crossed).

Check out this publication from the Vaughan lab that involved Chris Pastore and our lab collaborating! Development of solitary chemosensory cells in the distal lung after severe influenza injury.

Kelly Zullo, a 4th Year IGG student, has been selected to give an oral presentation on her project at The American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Annual Meeting in San Diego!

Congratulations to two of our technicians on there acceptances and commitments to graduate schools right here in Philly:

  • Annabel Ferguson to the University of Pennsylvania (CAMB)
  • Karl Herbine to Thomas Jefferson University

2018 News

Transgenic worm project, led by Bonnie Douglas a 3rd Year IGG student, shows promise.

Abstracts for WHIP 2019 can be submitted at the following link and the dealine is Monday March 4: Link

Congratulations to Li-Yin, who’s paper Macrophages promote epithelial proliferation following infectious and non-infectious lung injury through a Trefoil factor 2-dependent mechanism was selected to be on the cover of Mucosal Immunology!

Andrea Wong, a graduate student, has decided to do her 2nd rotation in the Herbert lab!

We have some papers that are almost ready for publication! Preprints from bioRxiv are available at the links below:

Our IGG 3rd Rotation student Sarah Maddux passed her second preliminary examination and will be joining Mike Silverman‘s lab for her thesis project!

Recently Dr. Herbert and Bonnie Douglas traveled to Greece to participate in HYDRA, a meeting focusing on helminths. Bonnie presented her data there and did awesome, GO BONNIE!

Annabel Ferguson, coming from the University of Pittsburgh, has joined the lab as technician!

We have a new member of the lab family! Nicole Maloney Belle and her husband Darien welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Nathan!

Our very own leader, Dr. De’Broski Herbert, along with Dr. Elia Tait Wonjo of Cornell will be organizing the 2019 Woods Hole Immunoparasitology Conference (WHIP). It will be held on April 14-17 and this flyer has a preview: WHIP 2019.

Save the Date Feburary 21-22 2019 for the Type 2 Immunity in Homeostasis and Disease Conference which will be held in Bruges, Belgium! Prorgam details can be found here.

Joon Park will be leaving the lab 🙁 But he is on to bigger and better things as part of Columbia University’s Pathobiology & Molecular Medicine PhD program starting Fall 2018!

Joshua Worth has joined the lab for the summer of 2018 as part of the STEM program. He is a rising high school sophomore at Kamehameha Schools Maui from Hawaii. He is the second summer high school student to come from that state, and the 4th addition to the lab this summer!

Rachel Cohen, a student from Cal Poly, will be our 3rd summer student of 2018. Welcome Rachel!

Nora-Lovette Okwara, a student from Columbia University will be our 2nd summer 2018 addition!

Elizabeth Collins will be researching in the lab for the summer of 2018. She is an NIH-BI scholar and comes from next door as a student in Penn’s Vet program!

Sarah Maddux, a graduate student, has decided to do her 3rd rotation in the Herbert lab!

The 22nd Annual Woods Hole Immunoparasitology Meeting (WHIP) will take place on April 15th-18th 2019.

2017 News

Bonnie Douglas, a second year IGG student, has decided to join the Herbert Lab!

Save the date for the next Pittsburgh International Lung Conference! Set for October 4-5, 2018!

Nicole Maloney M.D. (Gastroenterology fellow) is joining the lab in July 2017!

Tanner Young is our summer student for 2017. He was matched to our lab as part of the STEM program and is coming all the way from Hawaii!

Conferences and Meetings

Keystone Symposia – Helminths: New Insights from Immunity to Global Health

  • Where: Cape Town, South Africa
  • When: December 8-12 2019
  • Link

Woods Hole Immunoparasitology (WHIP) Conference

  • Where: Woods Hole, Massachusetts USA
  • When: April 19-22 2020
  • Link

American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Annual Meeting

  • Where: Honolulu, HI
  • When: May 8th-12th 2020
  • Link

HYDRA Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection

  • Where: Hydra, Greece
  • When: August 30 – September 4 2020
  • Link


  • Where: Seattle, USA
  • When: November 1-4 2020
  • Link