Shining a spotlight on student success

Emily Siebers using a pipette and test tube.

Emily Siebers (pictured above) graduated from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) in December, 2016 with a PhD in Health Sciences. Siebers’ research focus was on the host response involved in Lyme disease, specifically in Lyme-induced arthritis.

Her dissertation is titled, “Regulatory Mechanisms in Borrelia burgdorferi-Induced Arthritis.” For her work on that project, Siebers was the recipient of the UWM Distinguished Dissertator Award in 2015.

During her time at CHS, Siebers was advised by Dean Nardelli, PhD, associate professor and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and director of the Lyme Borreliosis Laboratory.

“I’m proud to have witnessed Emily’s development as a scientist since she joined the MS in Biomedical Sciences Program in 2009,” Nardelli said. “Emily’s work on how the immune response is regulated during Lyme disease, specifically how regulatory T cells control the development of Lyme arthritis, could potentially have far-reaching impacts on therapies and preventative measures for the disease.”

Already a strong scholar in her field, Siebers published two papers related to her dissertation research. Siebers and Nardelli recently published a paper in Pathogens and Disease that investigated the impact of a dysregulated immune response on the arthritis-inducing potential of a recently characterized inflammatory cell type.

Prior to her graduation, Siebers also worked with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) on a paper, titled “Host Interleukin 6 Production Regulates Inflammation but not Tryptophan Metabolism in the Brain during Murine GVHD,” which is currently under review for publication.

Since graduating, Siebers has continued her professional relationship with MCW as a post-doctoral fellow. She and her collaborators are currently working on two papers for publication. The papers investigate the development and testing of treatments for pediatric muscle diseases.