Lab Staff

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Benjamin Kopp, MD, MPH, FAAP
Principal Investigator

Benjamin T. Kopp, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a member of the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis and Sickle Cell Teams, and a Principal Investigator in the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis. Dr. Kopp is the Co-Director of Cystic Fibrosis Immune Core within the Cure Cystic Fibrosis Columbus (C3) Research Program. Dr. Kopp started one of the country's few pediatric pulmonary/sickle cell combination clinics to treat sickle cell lung disease in a multidisciplinary clinic. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Kopp received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and went to medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at Nationwide Children's and received a Master’s in Public Health from The Ohio State University.

Connect with Dr. Kopp on Twitter @KidsLungDoc

View Dr. Kopp's publications here.

Nationwide Children's Researcher

Shuzhong Zhang
Research Associate

Shuzhong Zhang, MD, PhD, is a research associate who researches how CFTR dysfunction impacts cystic fibrosis (CF) macrophages, especially regarding endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. His interests are also focused on developing models of genetic silencing in primary macrophages.

Shuzhong received his MD degree from Secondary Military Medical University(SMMU) in China, followed by a MS degree in Genetics and a PhD degree in Genetic Nephrology from SMMU. He worked as an exchanging visitor and finished his training of immunotherapy against Cancer in Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and joined the Kopp Lab in September 2016.

Nationwide Children's Researcher

Chandra Shrestha, PhD
Laboratory Manager

Chandra is the lab manager for the Kopp Lab. Her primary research interests include therapeutic development for the regulation of altered host immune defenses in CF and understanding how the CFTR channel regulates macrophage function.  Chandra her PhD from the University of Philippines before completing post-doctoral fellowships at Kansas State and the University of Wisconsin.

Nationwide Children's Researcher

Melinda Smith
Clinical Research Coordinator

I coordinate clinical research studies for Dr. Benjamin Kopp and the Division of Pulmonary Studies.  If you are interested in participating in one of Dr. Kopp’s studies, please contact us.

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Benjamin Wisniewski, MD
Pulmonary Fellow

Ben is a pulmonary fellow training in the Kopp Lab.  Ben’s research interests include medications to enhance modulation of CFTR in primary immune cells.

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Emily McCauley
Undergraduate Research Student

Emily McCauley is a 3rd year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University. She is majoring in neuroscience and is premed. She in an undergraduate research student in Kopp Lab and is interested in researching the role of macrophage health in Cystic Fibrosis and how environmental exposure or drug therapy can improve cell function and alleviate patient symptoms.