Shekina Gonzalez-Ferrer

  • 5th Year GS

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

Specialized program in microbiology and immunology, opportunity for microbial research, great collaborative environment, and the welcoming atmosphere of Pittsburgh

Education & Training

  • BS in Industrial Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 2018

Research Interests

Host-pathogen interactions; microbial pathogenesis; microbiology/immunology


Gonzalez-Ferrer, S., Peñaloza, H. F., Budnick, J. A., Bain, W. G., Nordstrom, H. R., Lee, J. S., & Van Tyne, D. (2021). Finding Order in the Chaos: Outstanding Questions in Klebsiella pneumoniae Pathogenesis. Infection and Immunity, 89(4), e00693-20. 

Olonisakin, T. F., Suber, T., Gonzalez-Ferrer, S., Xiong, Z., Peñaloza, H. F., van der Geest, R., Xiong, Y., Osei-Hwedieh, D. O., Tejero, J., Rosengart, M. R., Mars, W. M., Van Tyne, D., Perlegas, A., Brashears, S., Kim-Shapiro, D. B., Gladwin, M. T., Bachman, M. A., Hod, E. A., St. Croix, C., … Lee, J. S. (2021). Stressed erythrophagocytosis induces immunosuppression during sepsis through heme-mediated STAT1 dysregulation. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 131(1).

Lopez Corcino, Y., Gonzalez Ferrer, S., Mantilla, L. E., Trikeriotis, S., Yu, J., Kim, S., Hansen, S., Portillo, J. C., & Subauste, C. S. (2019). Toxoplasma gondii induces prolonged host epidermal growth factor receptor signalling to prevent parasite elimination by autophagy: Perspectives for in vivo control of the parasite. Cellular Microbiology, 21(10), e13084.