Leeana Peters, BS
Graduate Research Assistant


Leeana Peters joined the Brusko lab as a first-year undergraduate student and received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year to investigate the CD226/TIGIT axis in regulatory T cells and potential cellular therapy applications. She is currently a third year PhD student interested in elucidating the role of T1D candidate genes such as PTPN22 and CD226 in disease progression, as well as utilizing bioinformatic approaches to identify novel cell subsets and biomarkers for T1D.


F31 1F31DK129004-01A1, Multi-modal single cell analysis for investigation of T1D pathogenesis (05/31/2022- 05/31/2024)

T32 DK108736-01A1, Trainee, Atkinson (PI). Single cell sequencing and immune profiling of NOD-CD226KO & human nPOD donor tissue (2022)

Awards and Professional Honors

Outstanding Abstract Award Winner.  Title: Single cell transcriptomic and epigenetic analysis of pancreatic lymph node tissues in T1D.   Immunology of Diabetes Society (IDS) (2021)

Medical Guild Advancement to Candidacy Award. Medical Guild Research Symposium (2021)

6th Annual Council of Academic Chairs Scholarship Recipient(2021)