ILADEF Officers and Directors
Ronald Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson provides care for patients with Lyme disease in Denton, Texas. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Dr. Wilson received a Masters Degree in immunology and bacteriology at the University of Utah, as well as a medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He subsequently completed residencies at Madigan Army Medical Center and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, and became board-certified in gynecology and obstetrics. Dr. Wilson began focusing on tick-borne illnesses after his family was impacted in the early 2000s. In 2010, though he had retired from practicing, he returned to medicine and treating patients with Lyme disease full-time.
Eboni Cornish, MD
Dr. Cornish cares for patients with Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, Morgellons Disease, fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions at Five Stones Integrative Functional Medicine in Leesburg, Virginia. Dr. Cornish graduated from Brown University Medical School with honors and completed her family medicine residency at Georgetown University. She is a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), and the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). Dr. Cornish is a member of the ILADS Fundamentals Work Group and serves as faculty for the ILADS Fundamentals Course.
Garth Ehrlich, PhD, FAAAS
Dr. Ehrlich is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He also directs three Research Centers of Excellence within the University’s Institute of Molecular Medicine and Infectious disease: the Center for Genomic Sciences (CGS); the Center for Advanced Microbial Processing (CAMP); and the Center for Chronic Infections and Biofilms. Dr. Ehrlich’s team utilize a broad array of microbiological analyses, comparative genomic techniques and bioinformatic tools, many developed in-house, to identify and characterize virulence genes within pathogens, and susceptibility genes to pathogens within their hosts. Dr. Ehrlich is also one of the founders of the field of Clinical Molecular Diagnostics (MDx), having been involved in the original application of PCR for the detection of human retroviruses in 1985. Dr. Ehrlich received his PhD from Syracuse University in molecular biology in 1987.
Magdalena Cubala-Kucharska, MD, PhD
Dr. Cubala-Kucharska is Director of Arcana Institute of Integrative Medicine Poland. Dr. Cubala-Kucharska developed an interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2004, which led her to research co-morbidities in autistic patients, including Lyme disease. She has consulted for the Council of Natural Therapies in the Polish Ministry of Health, and at the Autism Treatment Trust in Edinburgh. Her practice is focused on ASD, tick-borne, autoimmune and environmental diseases. Her research, conducted in affiliation with the Medical University of Lodz and published in peer-reviewed journals, is in the field of autism and tick-borne infections.
Leona Gilbert, PhD
Dr. Gilbert is Docent, Associate Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Department of Biological and Environmental Science at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. She supervises various PhD, MSc and BSc students, and is active in lecturing undergraduate and graduate courses. She has published many peer-reviewed articles, including on developing diagnostic lab-on-chip platforms, and on turning research results into translational value with novel delivery vectors used as imaging and biotechnological tools. Dr. Gilbert also researches the role of common viruses and bacteria in autoimmune disease, the development of complete diagnostic platforms, and clinical profiling patients for tick-borne diseases.
Marianne J. Middelveen, MDes
Ms. Middelveen is a microbiologist currently specializing in veterinary microbiology. She has a degree in microbiology from the University of Central Florida and post-graduate degrees in microbial, biochemical, and environmental sciences from Georgia State University and the University of Calgary. She has conducted research at the Amazon Center for Research and Control of Tropical Diseases and the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Venezuela, and at Georgia State University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Calgary. At present, she is collaborating on several Lyme-related projects, including the association of Lyme disease with Morgellons disease.
Jyotsna Shah, PhD, CCLD, MBA
Dr. Shah is the President and Laboratory Director of IGeneX Clinical Laboratory, Palo Alto, California. Dr. Shah has more than 40 years of research experience in immunology, molecular biology and microbiology. She received a BS and MS in biological sciences from the UK, and her PhD in diagnostic immunology from Nairobi University. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya and a fellowship at Harvard University, Department of Tropical Medicine. She is an expert on the use of Fluorescent in Situ Hybridization (FISH) technique for direct detection of pathogens in clinical samples, and is a recipient of several SBIR grants.