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Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: (919) 613-0517
Fax: (919) 613-8646
Research interests: Host-pathogen interactions, human genetics
I was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I attended Michigan State University for my BS in Microbiology, where I spent three years in Dr. Barbara Sears' plant genetics lab working on Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplast genetics and mutagenesis. I also did a summer internship at Heinrich-Heine Universität, in Düsseldorf, Germany, where I worked with Dr. Nicole Linka in the Weber lab to characterize a novel peroxisomal ATP transporter protein in Arabidopsis thaliana. These two wonderful labs convinced me to pursue my Ph.D., and I choose to come to Duke in order to focus on biomedical research.
Here, I joined Dr. Dennis Ko’s lab, where I study variation in human cytokine response to Salmonella as a measure of cytokine expression and release likely important for both infectious and inflammatory diseases. I focus on the roles of specific genes identified through his Hi-HOST method to examine the genetic basis of this differing response. We hope that the knowledge gained in these studies will help explain the individual variation in responses to different infections and autoimmune disorders, and in developing therapies to decrease the mortality and morbidity of susceptible individuals.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, music, and curling up with my cat and a good book.
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