Our lab is always looking for bright new minds, whether it be for the summer or for the school year. We welcome enthusiastic young scientists to come join our laboratory to gain experience and learn from our experienced lab members. For more information on volunteering at our lab contact Caroline A. Genco .

Current undergraduates:

Catherine Cattley

Catherine is an undergraduate from BU’s Sargent College. She joined our laboratory Summer 2013. Catherine is currently working on our Urban Infectious Diseases project.


Here are a few of our previous undergraduates:

Joanna Glanz

Joanna is an undergraduate from Brown University. She has joined our laboratory Summer 2012 . Joanna is currently working on our STD center project, Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Erin Fry

Erin is an undergraduate from the University of Rochester. She has joined our laboratory Summer 2012. Erin is currently working on our STD center project, Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Shiva Bolourchi

Shiva started out as a undergraduate student researcher in our laboratory. She also did her masters research here in the Genco lab.
Shiva’s Research
In order to eventually identify potential therapeutics for the sexually transmitted disease induced by N. gonnorhoeae, my research will examine the role of specific intracellular receptors mediating the N. gonnorhoeaeinduced proinflammatory cytokine response of target cells. My research will focus on quantifying the release of proinflammatory cytokines (e.g. IL-1β, IL-6, ect..) following the systematic siRNA knockdown of intracellular receptors (cIAP2, Nod 1, Nod 2 and Rip 2) following infection of murine reproductive oviduct epithelial cell line BM1.11 by N. gonnorhoeae. These intracellular receptors have all been shown to mediate the NFκB pathway and subsequent inflammation in cells. Im also interested in further investigating the specific role of cIAP2 in apoptosis following N. gonnorhoeae stimulation. In parallel with the murine epithelial cell line, I will also work on Bone Marrow Derived Macrophages from knockout mice to examine the subsequent inflammatory response.
M.S. – Biotechnology, Boston University; MA
B.S. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Boston University; MA





Laurel Garber

Laurel is an undergraduate at Boston University and has worked with the periodontal pathogen Porphyromonas gingivalis.

Olivia Green

Olivia has been a dedicated member of our lab since 2005. She has participated in our lab every summer, working with the pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae.


Garrett Black

Garrett was a summer student who worked on the periodontal pathogen Porphymononas gingivalis.



For funding information contact the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program UROP and fill out an application.





July 22, 2014
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of BU School of Medicine