Leto Research Group

The research staff of the Molecular Defenses Section (MDS) includes Howard E. Boudreau, Agnes Donko and Agnieszka Korzeniowska. The MDS explores various aspects of NADPH oxidase (NOX/DUOX) function in the contexts of infectious and inflammatory diseases and cancer progression.

Thomas Leto, Ph.D. (He/Him/His)

Chief, Molecular Defenses Section

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Ph.D., Biochemistry, University of Virginia 

Dr. Leto received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia for studies on mechanisms of cell membrane assembly. He followed this work with postdoctoral studies at Yale University on membrane cytoskeleton interactions. Dr. Leto joined NIAID in 1988 and became a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Host Defenses in 1996.

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Thomas L. Leto, Ph.D.

Agnes P. Donko, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Research Fellow

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Ph.D., School of Molecular Medical Sciences, Semmelweis University

M.Sc., Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Languages Spoken: Hungarian

Agnes Donko obtained her master’s degree in bioengineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics and her Ph.D. in biology at the Cellular and Molecular Physiology Program at Semmelweis University.

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Agnieszka Korzeniowska, M.S. (She/Her/Hers)

Research Associate

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M.S., Nicolaus Copernicus University

Languages Spoken: Polish

Agnieszka Korzeniowska obtained her M.S. degree in water microbiology and biotechnology.

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Former Research Group Members

Balazs Rada, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Georgia

Ryuichi Sugamata, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Teikyo University

Devin J. Burke, M.D., Assistant Professor, State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center

Benjamin W. Casterline, M.D., Resident, University of Chicago

Omar Escobedo, B.S., Medical Student, University of California, Davis

Jaime E. Brito, B.S., Medical Student, University Southern California

Jawara Allen, B.S., MSTP, Johns Hopkins University

Jonathan J. Park, Ph.D., MSTP, Yale University

Stanislas Morand, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Senior Scientist, L’Oreal

Jaeyul Kwon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chungnan National University

Meghan Jendrysik, Ph.D., Managing Editor, Elsevier

Takehiko Ueyama, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Kobe University

Miklos Geiszt, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Semmelweis University

Raya Dana, Ph.D., Director, Scientific Writing, AstraZeneca

Isabelle de Mendez, Ph.D., Director, Global Project Management, AstraZeneca

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