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Anthony Piro
MGM Graduate Student

230 Jones Building
Box 3580 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710

Phone: (919) 684-7108
Fax: (919)684-7109

Anthony Piro

Research Interest: Microbial pathogenesis

I grew up in the small town of Richmond in northwestern Vermont. I earned a BS in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and stayed in Pittsburgh for four years following graduation--a time during which I worked as a technician in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Arndt, studying transcription elongation in eukaryotes. In particular, my research focused on understanding the mechanism by which the Paf1 transcription elongation complex promotes histone modifications that are associated with active transcription. My time in the Arndt lab was very rewarding, and did much to prepare me for graduate study.

Here at Duke, I am interested in returning to my microbiology roots and would like to explore the relationships that exist between microbial pathogens and their hosts. To this end, I am doing my first rotation in the laboratory of Dr. Jörn Coers, studying how the innate immune system deals with intracellular bacterial pathogens such as Chlamydia trachomatis.

Outside of the lab, I am an avid cyclist and follow professional bike racing as well as anyone can here in the United States (coverage isn’t great outside of Europe). I have done a few road races myself, and hope to do more in the years to come.

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