Current Infectious Diseases Fellows
Abdulqadir Ahmad, DO, MPH grew up in Northern Virginia DC Maryland (DMV). He attended The Ohio State University for undergraduate where he obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Public Health. Abdul went to medical school at Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Medicine and then joined the Abbott Northwestern Internal Medicine Residency Program in 2013. After residency, he worked as a hospitalist for a couple of years and has now joined the University of Minnesota for Infectious Disease fellowship.
Serin Edwin Erayil, MBBS grew up in India and went to medical school at St John’s Medical College, Bangalore. During her time in India, she was drawn to infectious diseases among vulnerable populations and developed an aptitude for research. Later, Serin had the opportunity to study public health in Sweden and discovered her passion for epidemiology, health policies and health behavioral change. She completed a Thesis in Public Health from Umea University, Sweden, on Coping Self-Efficacy in HIV patients. Serin completed her residency in Internal Medicine from Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital at Chicago, where her love for infectious diseases and her zeal to take care of underserved populations were further reinforced. During her residency, she was engaged in various studies including a quality improvement project to improve the appropriateness of urinary catheter use among the resident community to mitigate Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections. Serin is excited to start her fellowship and is interested in epidemiological research, infection control and public health. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, hiking, ping-pong, music and dance, and is a certified WERQ Dance Fitness Instructor.
Teresa Fox, MD grew up in the Chicagoland area and completed her undergraduate studies in psychology and global health at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio to attend medical school at Case Western Reserve University. Teresa moved to Minnesota in 2014 for her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. After completing residency, she enjoyed an additional year with the University Of Minnesota Internal Medicine program as a chief resident, primarily located at Regions Hospital. During residency, she began researching MRSA screening tests and their potential role in antimicrobial stewardship. Teresa enjoys clinical infectious disease, and she has a particular interest in caring for immunocompromised patients. Outside of medicine, Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband/family/friends and running, biking, cross-country skiing and otherwise getting outside as much as possible (summer and winter!).
Jessica Boettcher, DO grew up in Nebraska and studied Exercise Science at Creighton University before attending medical school at Des Moines University. It was during medical school that Jessica realized her interest in underserved communities and this drew her to an Internal Medicine Primary Care program based at John H. Stroger Hospital (formerly Cook County Hospital) and Rush University in Chicago. She became fascinated with Infectious Disease after rotating through the HIV inpatient service at Cook County. It was during that rotation where Jessica found her first true mentor, an ID attending, who inspired and encouraged her to pursue a career in Infectious Diseases. Jessica stayed on at Cook County Hospital for a chief year to strengthen her clinical and teaching skills. She looks forward to training at the U of M where she will have an academic experience as well as be able to continue caring for underserved patients. She is excited to continue her career in teaching as she loves working with learners of all levels. At this point, Jessica is most interested in HIV primary care, STIs and public health, but she is excited to explore Infectious Disease in its entirety and see where this path takes her! When she is not busy with fellowship, Jessica is trying to learn the ropes as a new (old) homeowner, outdoor/indoor gardening, training her crazy dog, or biking about and exploring Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Ashley Husebye, MD grew up in Minnesota and completed her undergraduate work in biology at St. Olaf College. After spending a year volunteering with AmeriCorps, she went to medical school at Creighton University in Nebraska. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN and enjoyed working with the underserved patient population. Ashley is interested in general ID, HIV, and antimicrobial stewardship. When she is not working, Ashley enjoys hiking, camping, and running with her dog, Thomas.
Caleb Skipper, MD grew up in a small town in rural North Dakota. He completed both his undergraduate and medical school at the University of North Dakota. He then went out west and finished his Internal Medicine residency in Spokane, WA. Caleb first developed an interest in international work after living in Ethiopia for one year, where he helped develop a laboratory to diagnose malaria in the rural countryside. He has subsequently traveled back to Ethiopia several times for various short-term medical projects. His fellowship interests include global/public health, tropical medicine, and academics/teaching. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, fishing, and playing volleyball.
Matthew Pullen, MD is originally from Fairbanks, Alaska but spent most of the last 20 years around Nashville, Tennessee. His undergraduate degree in molecular biology was earned at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2009 and went on to complete his internal medicine residency there in 2016. During residency, he had the opportunity to work abroad in Maseno, Kenya, solidifying his interest in international medicine. He has worked in molecular genetics research at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia and Vanderbilt University, as well as working on the group A streptococcus vaccine project at the University of Tennessee HSC. Matthew began fellowship at the University of Minnesota in July 2016, with plans to again pursue international work and explore research interests in epidemiology and virology.
Beth Thielen, MD, PhD, a native of Minnesota, completed her undergraduate studies in microbiology at the University of Minnesota before moving westward to join the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Washington. Beth completed her dissertation studies with Dr. Jaisri Lingappa in the Department of Global Health, studying the function of APOBEC3 proteins in human cell types at risk for HIV infection. She returned to Minnesota to complete her combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency with a special focus on global health, participating in clinical care and research in Uganda and Tanzania and caring for immigrant and refugee patients at the Center for International Health. She is pursuing a combined adult and pediatric infectious disease fellowship with ongoing research interests in viral pathogenesis and immunology. In her time outside the hospital, Beth enjoys traveling with her husband John, ballroom dancing, gardening and knitting.
Shannon Andrews, MD grew up in a small town near Rochester NY. She attended Oberlin College where she majored in Biology as well as Greek Language and Literature. During college, she performed molecular biology research with Dr. Taylor Allen on toadfish troponin. She attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she participated in the Latino health pathway and performed qualitative research in Soweto, South Africa exploring community beliefs about HIV vaccine trials. She completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield MA. She will pursue combined infectious disease fellowship in medicine and pediatrics to further her continued interests in global health, social determinants of health, and opportunistic infections.
Mahsa Abassi, DO completed her osteopathic medical school training in California. She moved to Minneapolis in 2010 for her Internal Medicine training, not because of the winters, but because of her strong interest in Global Health. During residency she actively participated in the Global Health pathway, an experience that helped to solidify her interest in Infectious Diseases. Upon graduating, Mahsa took a yearlong position as the Global Health Chief Resident. She joined the University of Minnesota Infectious Disease Fellowship in 2014, leaving immediately thereafter to Uganda where she has been working under the mentorship of Dr. David Boulware. Her interests lie mainly in HIV care, opportunistic infections, and community health.
Ketzela Jacobowitz Marsh, MD, MS attended Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and completed residency in combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Miami. She is the first fellow here at the University of Minnesota to train in a combined Adult and Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship. Ketzela developed an interest in global health and infectious diseases in medical school where she participated in a medical mission to Honduras, research on Chagas disease in Ecuador, and a project on pediatric malnutrition in Eritrea. During residency, she spent some time in Peru learning about multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, and she researched maternal and infant HIV microbial translocation, both in Miami and in the Dominican Republic. Her advocacy project was to help improve adherence to medications in adolescents living with HIV in Miami. In fellowship, Ketzela plans to research adolescent HIV both in Minnesota and in Uganda.