Meet the Principal Investigator

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Vanessa Nomellini, M.D., Ph.D.

Vanessa Nomellini, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Burn, Trauma, Acute and Critical Care Surgery at UT Southwestern. Dr. Nomellini earned her M.D. from Loyola University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin and her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty at the University of Cincinnati in 2016, where she developed her research program focused on immune suppression in critically ill trauma and septic patients. She also developed an ICU Recovery Program, where the most complex ICU survivors are followed and managed long term.

Dr. Nomellini was recruited to UT Southwestern in September 2022 to be the director of research for the division, and as part of the leadership for The Center for Organogenesis Research and Trauma (CORT) along with Drs. Levi and Carlson. She currently has an R35 from NIGMS focused on both animal studies of immune suppression, as well as a prospective observational human study characterizing the immune suppression in these patients.

Nagham Alatrash

Research Scientist Sr

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Roopa Koduri

Research Associate

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Past Lab Members


Joshua Maurmier, B.A., undergraduate student
Current position: unknown


Lisa England, lab technician
Current position: lab technician, University of Cincinnati


Satarupa Sengupta, Ph.D., senior research assistant
Current position: senior research assistant, University of Cincinnati


Dennis Vaysburg, M.D., surgical resident
Current position: surgical resident, University of Cincinnati

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Join Our Lab

If you have an interest in the research that we are conducting and would like to be considered for a position in the lab, please send an email including your CV and a letter of interest to Vanessa Nomellini, M.D., Ph.D.