Research Updates

The Team

Principal Investigator

Emily Gillespie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

I have been researching lupus for over 10 years and enjoy the challenge of trying to understand such a complicated disease. I specifically study markers in the blood that I hope will help physicians and patients better understand and manage their disease.  I am passionate about my work, hoping that it will lead to a better life for people with lupus.  

I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and have continued my research as a member of the University’s faculty.

I love the outdoors, running, biking, and swimming, and spending time with my husband and two young daughters.

Thearith Koeuth

I mainly carry out experiments for various research projects in the laboratory. Most of my experiments are related to gene and protein expression studies of lupus and other autoimmune diseases using microarray, TaqMan Low Density Array, Real-Time PCR and Western Blot. I regularly perform human PBMC stimulations with human sera and TLR agonists. Future experiments will involve gene silencing and developing over-expression gene constructs. I develop new protocols for the laboratory, train new staff and maintain laboratory safety.

Assistant Scientist

Joseph Wilson
My primary focus is maintaining, processing, and shipping of human clinical specimens from a variety of autoimmune studies here in the lab.  I am the core technician for the Biomarkers Core, which is a resource for multiple investigators who want to study clinical and translational research related to autoimmune disease.  I also train staff and students on caTissue, a database that provides storage, shipping, and clinical details for our >100,000 specimens located in our facilities.

My other focus is supporting both the Gillespie Lab and Biomarkers Core websites.

I love running, baseball, golf, the Green Bay Packers, and going to Twins games.

Medicine/Pediatrics Fellow

MEDDOM MEDRHEUM Fellow THERESA JPGTheresa Wampler Muskardin, M.D.
Theresa Wampler Muskardin, MD began fellowship in July of 2009 and is completing a dual fellowship program in the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Wampler Muskardin received her MD degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, where she completed an additional year as a Chief resident in Pediatrics. She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.