Lisa Pinatti

Lisa Pinatti

Graduate Student


I graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2016 with a BS in Biology. I started at the University of Michigan in 2016 and was awarded the Bernard Maas Fellowship. I am completing my PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas Carey.

Research Interests

My PhD thesis examines the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the development of head and neck cancers. My project specifically focuses on the process of viral integration into the human genome and how that impacts cancer development. The goal of this work is to identify the molecular drivers of this devastating disease so more accurate treatments can be developed.


Molecular biology, cell culture, CRISPR, next generation sequencing


Bernard Maas Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School


Pinatti L.M., Walline H.M., Brummel C., Goudsmit C., Jewell B., Carey T.E. January 2018. Characterization of HPV integration sites in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas. Poster presented at the joint meeting 2nd International Symposium of Tumor-Host Interaction in Head and Neck Cancer and 3rd International Symposium on HPV Infection in Head and Neck Cancer, Essen, Germany.

Pinatti L.M., Walline H.M., Carey T.E. April 2019. Role of HPV-Human fusion transcripts in oropharyngeal cancer development. Poster presentation at AACR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Pinatti L.M., Walline H.M., Carey T.E. April 2019. Functional characterization of HPV-human fusion transcripts in oropharyngeal cancer. Poster presentation at AACR-AHNS Meeting, Austin, TX.

Pinatti L.M., Brenner J.C., Walline H.M., Carey T.E. October 2019. Genomic integration of HPV in oropharynx cancer. Oral presentation at the Midwest HPV and Polyomavirus Symposium, Indianapolis, IN.

Pinatti L.M., Sinha H, Brenner J.C., Walline H.M., Carey T.E. June 2020. Transcriptomic alterations by HPV-human fusion transcripts in HPV+ HNSCC cell lines. Poster presentation at AACR Annual Virtual Meeting.