Magdalena Kovacsovics-Bankowski, MD, MS
Dr. Kovacsovics-Bankowski joined the Hu-Lieskovan Laboratory in March 2020. She received her medical degree from the University of Geneva Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland. She trained in immunology as a post-doc at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, under the supervision of Kenneth Rock, MD.
She then did her residency in internal medicine at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland. She pursued her work in immunology at OHSU, Portland, Oregon, by investigating the immunosuppressive properties of multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPC) in a rat model of graft-versus-host disease. These studies led to the approval by the FDA of the use of MAPC in human graft-versus-host disease.
She worked then as a research scientist at the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute, Providence Portland Medical Center, Portland, Oregon, in Dr. Andrew Weinberg’s laboratory. She was responsible for the immunomonitoring of the phase I anti-OX40 clinical trial. She received her master of science in clinical investigations from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.
My background is neurophysiology. In grad school, I specialized in the study of taste senses in vertebrates. During those years I was recording electrophysiological taste responses from live animals and also making whole mount histology samples to visualize peripheral neural networks under the confocal microscope. During my post-doc years I enjoyed making transgenic zebrafish expressing fluorescence in their olfactory system and performed live imaging of pH dependent signal in the olfactory bulb. My current research focus is to validate patient immunotherapy responses over time using multiplex immunofluorescent staining techniques on patient FFPE samples.
When not in the lab, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching movies, listening to music, and playing different kinds of musical instruments. Recently, I started learning how to play the pipe organ. Sometime in the future I’d like to learn how to play the banjo.
Study Coordinator/Research Assistant/Analyst
AnnaLeah is currently pursuing her medical doctorate at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Prior to starting medical school, she graduated cum laude from BYU with a BS in neuroscience and subsequently worked as a study coordinator for Dr. Hu-Lieskovan and the ORIEN/Total Cancer Care team at HCI. She is interested in becoming an oncologist.