Appreciating Dedicated Teachers: Hadijat M. Makinde, PhD '15/GRAD

Hadijat M. Makinde, or “Haddie” as she is known by her peers, earned a PhD from the Division of Immunology and Microbiology in 2015. While training at Rush, Haddie worked with Dr. Greg Spear on a project involving the characterization of certain immune cells within the female genital tract. Specifically, she studied cells producing interleukins 17 and 22 and the downstream antimicrobial peptides induced by these cells.
 
Haddie chose to apply to the Graduate College at Rush University due to its excellent reputation for research within the Chicagoland area. During her training, Haddie served on the board of the Graduate College Student Council and fondly recalls events organized by the council, such as the Emerald Ball Fundraising Dinner and a whirly ball event for the graduate students. In fact, she still keeps in touch with Dr. Spear and a Postdoctoral Fellow she worked with while at Rush.
 
Currently, Haddie is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her project focuses on infiltrating innate immune cells in the etiology of traumatic brain injury and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Within the next five years she hopes to land an Assistant Professorship at a highly regarded academic institution.
 
Haddie advises current and prospective graduate students to take advantage of everything that Rush University has to offer. She said, “I learned many things while enjoying my time at Rush, many things which have enabled me to be a strong and competitive postdoctoral fellow. Rush has many capable, helpful professors and staff whose main goal is to see you succeed in your chosen path. Take advantage of all the help that they have to offer.”