Graduate Student
Department of Pathology
1080 Medical Laboratories
500 Newton Road
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1109

Education, Training and Research

Born in Beirut and raised in West Michigan, I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and an M.S. in Health Science. I moved to the Hawkeye state in 2012 to be a part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology. My research interests include using the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model to study the regulation of the immune cell types that mediate the autoimmune disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS). My life outside of research involves enjoying outdoor activities with friends and spending time with family.


  1. Hale M, Itani F, Buchta CM, Wald G, Bing M, Norian LA. Obesity triggers enhanced MDSC accumulation in murine renal tumors via elevated local production of CCL2. PLoS One. 2015 Mar 13; 10(3):e0118784. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118784. PMID: 25769110
  2. Sinha S, Itani FR, Karandikar NJ. Immune regulation of multiple sclerosis by CD8+ T cells. Immunologic research 2014. Aug;59(1-3):254-65.