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Samantha Bowen
MGM Graduate Student

252 JONES Building
Box 3020 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: 919.684.6942
Fax: 919.684.2790
Email: samantha.bowen@duke.edu

Samantha Bowen

Research Interest: The role of mast cells in the bladder during acute urinary tract infection.

I grew up in South Jersey my whole life and then moved to Washington, DC to pursue biology and music at Georgetown University. While there, I studied the cytoskeleton of the protozoan parasite Giardia lamblia in the lab of Dr. Heidi Elmendorf as an undergraduate Howard Hughes Scholar. Since joining Soman Abraham's lab in July 2008, I have been involved in a variety of projects looking at host-pathogen interactions in the urinary tract.  Currently, I am studying the synergistic roles of vesicoureteral reflux, a congenital urinary tract defect, and pyelonephritis in the formation of renal scarring. Separately, I am also exploring the role of mast cells, which are innate immune responder cells, in the host response to uropathogenic E. coli infection in the bladder. When I am not in lab, I participate in an on-campus classical a capella group, and I love biking, cooking, and traveling as much as possible.

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