Samantha Freedman

Graduate Research Assistant, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Immunology

Samantha Freedman

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

Lab: 319-335-8205


BS, Biology, University of Scranton

I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. My interest in science was fostered at an early age when my father, a Physician’s assistant, would tell me his adventures in the emergency room. Following this interest I enrolled at the University of Scranton where I was initially on a pre-medical tract, but changed to pre-research after joining the lab of Dr. Marc Seid. It was during a summer research internship in Dr. Jon Houtman’s lab, at the University of Iowa, that I solidified my decision to attend graduate school. When I graduated from the University of Scranton in 2015, with a B.S. in Biology, I decided to return to the University of Iowa to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology. I am performing my thesis work in the lab of Dr. Ashutosh Mangalam where my research interests include elucidating the mechanisms by which the microbiome and metabolome affects the pathogenesis Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease resulting in the demyelination of the central nervous system.