CV

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Educational Background

University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh, PA

School of Medicine, Immunology Training Program

Entered August 2013

Expected degree: Ph.D.: Spring 2018
GPA: 3.90/4.00

Rutgers University – New Brunswick, NJ

School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

B.A., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, French literature: May 2012

GPA: 3.71/4.00

Research Experience 

Centre de recherche des cordeliers– Paris, France

PI: Catherine Sautès-Fridman: Visiting Graduate Student (January 2017-present)

University of Pittsburgh– Pittsburgh, PA

PI: Walter J. Storkus, Ph.D.

Thesis Project: Tbet and IL-36g cooperate in therapeutic DC-mediated promotion of ectopic lymphoid organogenesis in the tumor microenvironment (June 2014-present)

Rotation Project: Therapeutic Recruitment of Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes (September-December 2013)

PI: Penelope Morel, MD

Rotation Project: Role of Antigen Dose in Th versus Treg Differentiation (April-May 2014)

PI: Lisa H. Butterfield, Ph.D.

Rotation Project: AFP Uptake and Processing by Dendritic Cells (January-March 2014)

Fox Chase Cancer Center– Philadelphia, PA

PI: Dietmar J. Kappes, Ph.D.: Research Volunteer

The effect of ThPOK gene regulatory elements on T cell differentiation (September 2012-April 2013)

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey– New Brunswick, NJ

PI: Edmund C. Lattime, Ph.D.: Undergraduate Researcher

Categorizing the antibody response against HER2-overexpressing breast cancer (September 2011-May 2012)

PI: Michael Reiss, MD: Undergraduate Researcher

  • Designing an Estrogen Response Element Reporter Construct (January-May 2011)
  • Creating Mutated TGFBR1 Genes (September-December 2010)
  • Vivarium Assistant (February-April 2010)

Academic Scholarships/Funding

University of Pittsburgh– Pittsburgh, PA

Rutgers University– New Brunswick, NJ

  • School of Arts and Sciences Excellence Award: May 2011
  • Phi Sigma Iota merit scholarship: April 2011
  • Frank T. Gorman, Jr. scholarship: November 2010

 Academic Awards and Special Programs

University of Pittsburgh– Pittsburgh, PA

  • Most Well-Rounded Graduate Student Award: October 2016
  • Biomedical Gradaute Student Association Student Spotlight winner: August 2016
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government Travel Award: February 2016
  • AAI Abstract Award, Immunology 2015, New Orleans, LA: May 2015
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government Leadership and Service Award: April 2015
  • AAI Young Investigator Award, International Graduate Student Immunology Conference, Dallas, TX: September 2014

Rutgers University– New Brunswick, NJ

  • Henry Rutgers Scholar Award: May 2012
  • School of Arts and Sciences Honors Scholar: May 2012
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude: May 2012
  • Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Graduation Honors: May 2012
  • 3rd place, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Undergraduate Poster Show, Rutgers University: April 2012
  • Highest honors, Categorizing the antibody response against HER2-overexpressing breast cancer, Department of molecular biology and biochemistry honors thesis, Rutgers University: April 2012
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry departmental honors program: July 2011-May 2012
  • Study abroad in Cluny, France: The Microbiology and Culture of Cheese and Wine: June-July 2011

Academic Teaching/Mentoring Experience

  • Mentor to University of Pittsburgh graduate student Christopher Chuckran: September 2016-December 2016
  • Mentor to University of Pittsburgh undergraduate student Emily Brzana: January 2016-present
  • Mentor to University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) high school student Sabrina Jones: June-August 2015
  • Teaching Assistant, Medical Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh: February 2015-March 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Foundations of Biomedical Science, University of Pittsburgh: August 2014-December 2015
  • Guest lecturer, The Immune System in Cancer, Lenape High School, Medford, NJ: March 2014
  • Guest lecturer, Categorizing the Antibody Response Against HER2-overexpressing Breast Cancer, Lenape High School, Medford, NJ: June 2012
  • Guest lecturer, Breast Cancer and the Immune System, Harrington Middle School, Mt Laurel, NJ: January 2012

Public Outreach Experience

Leadership and Service Experience

University of Pittsburgh– Pittsburgh, PA

  • Community Outreach Committee chair, BGSA: October 2016-February 2017
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government Program Lead, University Sustainability Committee: October 2016-November 2016
  • Graduate student representative, University Council on Graduate Studies: September 2016-February 2017
  • Graduate student representative, Board of Trustees Academic Affairs committee: September 2016-present
  • Graduate student representative, Mental Health Task Force: August 2016-February 2017
  • Research Symposium Career Panel Committee Chair, BGSA: August 2016-October 2016
  • Coordinator, Pitt Professional Development Consortium: October 2015-January 2016
  • Biomedical Graduate Student Association (BGSA): November 2013-present
    • Immunology Program Representative: October 2016-present
    • President: October 2015-October 2016
    • Interim VP of Programming: November 2015-October 2016
    • Graduate and Professional Student Government representative: September 2014-September 2015
    • Webmaster: September 2014-October 2016
    • Council Member: November 2013-August 2014
  • Graduate and Professional Student Government: September 2014-present
    • Vice President of Committees: April 2016-present
    • Mental Health Advocacy special project: April 2016-present
    • Assembly Board member: September 2014-September 2015
  • Graduate student representative, University Senate Educational Policies Committee: September 2014-May 2016
  • Housing Helper for incoming IBGP students: April 2014-August 2015
  • Student Host and Tour Guide, IBGP interview weekends: January 2014-March 2016

Rutgers University– New Brunswick, NJ

  • Vice President, Phi Sigma Iota, Sigma Sigma chapter: April 2011-May 2012
  • Rutgers Academic Planning and Advising peer advisor: 2009-2012
  • School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program peer mentor: August 2009-May 2011

Professional Society Memberships

American Association of Immunologists: 2014-present

American Society for Cell Biology: 2014-2016

Women in Bio: 2014-2016

Phi Beta Kappa: 2012-present

Phi Sigma Iota, the International Foreign Language Honor Society: 2010-present

Language Proficiency

English: Native

French: Advanced

American Sign Language: Elementary

Technical Skills

Laboratory

Aseptic technique; flow cytometry; immunofluorescence microscopy; immunohistochemistry; mouse modeling; real time PCR; primary cell culture

Software

Adobe Muse; Adobe Photoshop; GraphPad; Mendeley; Microsoft Office suite; Twitter; WordPress; Hootsuite

Conference Presentations

Aliyah M. Weinstein, Lu Chen, Walter J. Storkus. Modulation of tumor vasculature to promote tertiary lymphoid organogenesis.

  • Stromal Cells in Immunity, Keystone Symposia, Keystone, CO: February 2016
  • Immunology 2016, the AAI Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA: May 2016

Aliyah M. Weinstein, Lu Chen, Walter J. Storkus. IL-36 is required for the induction of therapeutic immunity by Tbet gene-modified dendritic cells.

  • Immunology 2015, the AAI Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (poster and oral): May 2015
  • Science 2014-Sustain It!, Pittsburgh, PA: October 2014
  • International Graduate Student Immunology Conference, Dallas, TX: September 2014

Aliyah M. Weinstein, Christiaan R. de Vries, Claude E. Monken, Edmund C. Lattime. Categorizing the Antibody Response Against HER2-overexpressing Breast Cancer.

  • Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey: May 2012
  • Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: April 2012
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Undergraduate Poster Show, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: April 2012

Aliyah M. Weinstein. Is English All You Really Need to be a Science Major? panel, Is English All You Really Need? conference, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ: October 2011 

Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Aliyah M. Weinstein, Lu Chen, Emily A. Brzana, Prashanti Patil, Jennifer L. Taylor, Kellsye L. Fabian, Sabrina D. Jones, Binfeng Lu, David F. Stroncek, Timothy L. Denning, Peter A. Cohen, and Walter J. Storkus. Tbet and IL-36g cooperate in therapeutic DC-mediated promotion of ectopic lymphoid organogenesis in the tumor microenvironment. October 2016, in revision.

Weinstein AM, Storkus WJ. Biosynthesis and Functional Significance of PNAd in TLO. Frontiers in Immunology, 09 August 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2016.00301

Wang X, Zhao X, Feng C, Weinstein A, Xia R, Wen W, Lv Q, Zuo S, Tang P, Yang X, Chen X, Wang H, Zang S, Stollings L, Denning TL, Jiang J, Fan J, Zhang G, Zhang X, Zhu Y, Storkus W, Lu B. IL-36γ Transforms the Tumor Microenvironment and Promotes Type 1 Lymphocyte-Mediated Antitumor Immune Responses. Cancer Cell 2015, 28:3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ccell.2015.07.014

Pardee AD, Yano H, Weinstein AM, Ponce AAK, Ethridge AD, Normolle DP, Vojanovic L, Mizejewsi GJ, Watkins SC, Butterfield LH. Route of antigen delivery impacts the immunostimulatory activity of dendritic cell-based vaccines for hepatocellular carcinoma. J Immunother Cancer 2015, 3:32. doi:10.1186/s40425-015-0077-x

Book chapters

Weinstein AM, Storkus WJ. Therapeutic Lymphoid Organogenesis in the Tumor Microenvironment. In Xiang-Yang Wang, editor: Immunotherapy of Cancer, Vol 128, ACR, UK: Academic Press, 2015, pp. 197-233. doi: 10.1016/bs.acr.2015.04.003

Abstracts/Posters

de Vries CR, Monken CE, Weinstein AM, Lattime EC. Neutralization of TGF-ß in the NBT1 Mouse Model of HER2/neu-positive Breast Cancer. Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey. May 2012.

Rosman DS, Bromberg Y, Weinstein A, Reiss M. Phenotypic diversity of disease-associated transforming growth factor-b (TGF-b) type I receptor gene (TGFBR1) mutants. American Association for Cancer Research. Annual Meeting, April 2011.

Public Communication

Please visit the Science Communication page for a complete and up-to-date list.