Stephanie Y. Rhee

Stephanie Rhee


Entering Class: 2015

Cornell University
Biological Engineering major, Biomedical Engineering minor
B.S., 2012

University of Minnesota
Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology Graduate Program
Ph.D., 2022

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Advisory Committee, 2017-2019 (co-chair 2017-2018; chair 2018-2019)
  • Student Admissions and Recruitment Committee, 2017-2020 (co-chair 2019-2020)

Thesis Advisor: Bruce Blazar, M.D.

Thesis research

Transplantation immunobiology, with specific focus on interventions to prevent and treat chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)

Publications (pubmed)

Zaiken MC, Flynn R, Paz KG, Rhee SY, Jin S, Mohamed FA, Saha A, Thangavelu G, Park PMC, Hemming ML, Sage PT, Sharpe AH, DuPage M, Bluestone JA, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Cutler CS, Koreth J, Antin JH, Soiffer RJ, Ritz J, Luznik L, Maillard I, Hill GR, MacDonald KPA, Munn DH, Serody JS, Murphy WJ, Kean LS, Zhang Y, Bradner JE, Qi J, Blazar BR. BET-bromodomain and EZH2 inhibitor-treated chronic GVHD mice have blunted germinal centers with distinct transcriptomes. Blood. 2022 May 12;139(19):2983-2997

Thangavelu G, Zaiken MC, Mohamed FA, Flynn R, Du J, Rhee SY, Riddle MJ, Aguilar EG, Panoskaltsis-Mortari A, Sanders ME, Blazar BR. Targeting the Retinoid X Receptor Pathway Prevents and Ameliorates Murine Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease. Front Immunol. 2022 Mar 11;13:765319. PMCID: PMC8963714

Mohamed FA, Thangavelu G, Rhee SY, Sage PT, O'Connor RS, Rathmell JC, Blazar BR. Recent Metabolic Advances for Preventing and Treating Acute and Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease. 2021 Oct 12;12:757836. Review. PMCID: PMC8546182

Hippen KL, Aguilar EG, Rhee SY, Bolivar-Wagers S, Blazar BR. Distinct Regulatory and Effector T Cell Metabolic Demands during Graft-Versus-Host Disease. Trends Immunol. 2020 Jan;41(1):77-91. Review. PMCID: PMC6934920

Work prior to the UMN MSTP:

Rhee S, Puetzer JL, Mason BN, Reinhart-King CA, Bonassar LJ. 3D bioprinting of spatially heterogeneous collagen constructs for cartilage tissue engineering. ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng. 2016 July; 2 (10): 1800–1805