Sathi P. Wijeyesinghe

Sathi Wijeyesinghe

Email: wijey001@umn.edu

Entering Class:
 2014

Education:

University of Maryland, College Park
Biochemistry and Biology majors, International Development and Conflict Management minor
B.S.(2), 2012

University of Minnesota
Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology Graduate Program
Ph.D., 2020

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee 2018-2020

Honors and Awards:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2018-2022

Thesis Advisor: David Masopust, PhD

Publications (pubmed)

Ning J, Gavil NV, Wu S, Wijeyesinghe S, Weyu E, Ma J, Li M, Grigore FN, Dhawan S, Skorput AGJ, Musial SC, Chen CC, Masopust D, Rosato PC. Correction to: Functional virus specific memory T cells survey glioblastoma. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2022 Feb 18. Online ahead of print.

Ning J, Gavil NV, Wu S, Wijeyesinghe S, Weyu E, Ma J, Li M, Grigore FN, Dhawan S, Skorput AGJ, Musial SC, Chen CC, Masopust D, Rosato PC. Functional virus-specific memory T cells survey glioblastoma. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2022 Jan 10. Online ahead of print.

Fiege JK, Block KE, Pierson MJ, Nanda H, Shepherd FK, Mickelson CK, Stolley JM, Matchett WE, Wijeyesinghe S, Meyerholz DK, Vezys V, Shen SS, Hamilton SE, Masopust D, Langlois RA. Mice with diverse microbial exposure histories as a model for preclinical vaccine testing. Cell Host Microbe. 2021 Oct 27:S1931-3128(21)00463-7.

Matchett WE, Joag V, Stolley JM, Shepherd FK, Quarnstrom CF, Mickelson CK, Wijeyesinghe S, Soerens AG, Becker S, Thiede JM, Weyu E, O'Flanagan SD, Walter JA, Vu MN, Menachery VD, Bold TD, Vezys V, Jenkins MK, Langlois RA, Masopust D. Cutting Edge: Nucleocapsid Vaccine Elicits Spike-Independent SARS-CoV-2 Protective Immunity. J Immunol. 2021 Jul 15;207(2):376-379.

Wijeyesinghe S, Beura LK, Pierson MJ, Stolley JM, Adam OA, Ruscher R, Steinert EM, Rosato PC, Vezys V, Masopust D. Expansible residence decentralizes immune homeostasis. Nature. 2021 Apr;592(7854):457-462. PMCID: PMC8057530

Joag V, Wijeyesinghe S, Stolley JM, Quarnstrom CF, Dileepan T, Soerens AG, Sangala JA, O'Flanagan SD, Gavil NV, Hong SW, Bhela S, Gangadhara S, Weyu E, Matchett WE, Thiede J, Krishna V, Cheeran MC, Bold TD, Amara R, Southern P, Hart GT, Schifanella L, Vezys V, Jenkins MK, Langlois RA, Masopust D. Cutting Edge: Mouse SARS-CoV-2 Epitope Reveals Infection and Vaccine-Elicited CD8 T Cell Responses. J Immunol. 2021 Mar 1;206(5):931-935. PMCID: PMC8136468

Stolley JM, Johnston TS, Soerens AG, Beura LK, Rosato PC, Joag V, Wijeyesinghe SP, Langlois RA, Osum KC, Mitchell JS, Masopust D. Retrograde migration supplies resident memory T cells to lung-draining LN after influenza infection. J Exp Med. 2020 Aug 3;217(8):e20192197. PMCID: PMC7398169

Bogoslowski A, Wijeyesinghe S, Lee WY, Chen CS, Alanani S, Jenne C, Steeber DA, Scheiermann C, Butcher EC, Masopust D, Kubes P. Neutrophils Recirculate through Lymph Nodes to Survey Tissues for Pathogens. J Immunol. 2020 May 1;204(9):2552-2561.

Fonseca R, Beura LK, Quarnstrom CF, Ghoneim HE, Fan Y, Zebley CC, Scott MC, Fares-Frederickson NJ, Wijeyesinghe S, Thompson EA, Borges da Silva H, Vezys V, Youngblood B, Masopust D. Developmental plasticity allows outside-in immune responses by resident memory T cells. Nat Immunol. 2020 Apr;21(4):412-421. PMCID: PMC7096285

Rosato PC, Wijeyesinghe S, Stolley JM, Masopust D. Integrating resident memory into T cell differentiation models. Curr Opin Immunol. 2020 Feb 1;63:35-42. Review. PMCID: PMC7198345

Fiege JK, Stone IA, Fay EJ, Markman MW, Wijeyesinghe S, Macchietto MG, Shen S, Masopust D, Langlois RA. The Impact of TCR Signal Strength on Resident Memory T Cell Formation during Influenza Virus Infection. J Immunol. 2019 Aug 15;203(4):936-945. PMCID: PMC6684852

Rosato PC, Wijeyesinghe S, Stolley JM, Nelson CE, Davis RL, Manlove LS, Pennell CA, Blazar BR, Chen CC, Geller MA, Vezys V, Masopust D. Virus-specific memory T cells populate tumors and can be repurposed for tumor immunotherapy. Nat Commun. 2019 Feb 4;10(1):567. PMCID: PMC6362136

Buggert M, Nguyen S, Salgado-Montes de Oca G, Bengsch B, Darko S, Ransier A, Roberts ER, Del Alcazar D, Brody IB, Vella LA, Beura L, Wijeyesinghe S, Herati RS, Del Rio Estrada PM, Ablanedo-Terrazas Y, Kuri-Cervantes L, Sada Japp A, Manne S, Vartanian S, Huffman A, Sandberg JK, Gostick E, Nadolski G, Silvestri G, Canaday DH, Price DA, Petrovas C, Su LF, Vahedi G, Dori Y, Frank I, Itkin MG, Wherry EJ, Deeks SG, Naji A, Reyes-Terán G, Masopust D, Douek DC, Betts MR. Identification and characterization of HIV-specific resident memory CD8+ T cells in human lymphoid tissue. Sci Immunol. 2018 Jun 1;3(24). pii: eaar4526. PMCID: PMC6357781

Beura LK, Wijeyesinghe S, Thompson EA, Macchietto MG, Rosato PC, Pierson MJ, Schenkel JM, Mitchell JS, Vezys V, Fife BT, Shen S, Masopust D. T Cells in Nonlymphoid Tissues Give Rise to Lymph-Node-Resident Memory T Cells. Immunity. 2018 Feb 20;48(2):327-338.e5. PMCID: PMC5828517

Beura LK, Mitchell JS, Thompson EA, Schenkel JM, Mohammed J, Wijeyesinghe S, Fonseca R, Burbach BJ, Hickman HD, Vezys V, Fife BT, Masopust D. Intravital mucosal imaging of CD8+ resident memory T cells shows tissue-autonomous recall responses that amplify secondary memory. Nat Immunol. 2018 Feb;19(2):173-182. PMCID: PMC5896323

Wijeyesinghe S, Masopust D. Resident memory T cells are a Notch above the rest. Nat Immunol. 2016 Nov 16;17(12):1337-1338.

Mohammed J, Beura LK, Bobr A, Astry B, Chicoine B, Kashem SW, Welty NE, Igyártó BZ, Wijeyesinghe S, Thompson EA, Matte C, Bartholin L, Kaplan A, Sheppard D, Bridges AG, Shlomchik WD, Masopust D, Kaplan DH. Stromal cells control the epithelial residence of DCs and memory T cells by regulated activation of TGF-β. Nat Immunol. 2016 Apr;17(4):414-21. PMCID: PMC5135085

For work prior to entering the MSTP:

Sandler NG, Bosinger SE, Estes JD, Zhu RT, Tharp GK, Boritz E, Levin D, Wijeyesinghe S, Makamdop KN, del Prete GQ, Hill BJ, Timmer JK, Reiss E, Yarden G, Darko S, Contijoch E, Todd JP, Silvestri G, Nason M, Norgren RB Jr, Keele BF, Rao S, Langer JA, Lifson JD, Schreiber G, Douek DC. Type I interferon responses in rhesus macaques prevent SIV infection and slow disease progression. Nature. 2014 Jul 31;511(7511):601-5. PMCID: PMC4418221