Research interests: HIV, HCMV
I attended the University of Oklahoma (OU) and majored in Microbiology. While microbe hunting was interesting, I was more fascinated by viruses and their uncanny ability to commandeer the cell to execute their selfish instructions. After completing a summer research program in a virology laboratory, I was convinced that viruses were my passion. While taking a virology course my senior year I became interested in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). I chose Duke University because of its strong program in HIV vaccine research, and I joined Dr. Sallie Permar’s laboratory. My interests lie at the nexus of virology and immunology and the constant game of cat and mouse between host and pathogen(s). When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy reading, listening to music, playing with my dog (a Sheltie named Nina), unsolicitedly educating people around me, about science, and better understanding the world around me.
Zhang et al. Envelope-specific B-cell populations in African green monkeys chronically infected with simian immunodeficiency virus. 2016. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12131 [PDF]
Martinez, D., Permar, S., Fouda, G. Contrasting adult and infant immune responses to HIV infection and vaccination. 2016. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 23;84-94, doi:101128/CVI.00565-15.
Amos et al. Rapid development of gp120-focused neutralizing B cell repsonses during acute simian immunodeficiency virus infection of African green monkeys. 2015. Journal of Virology. 89:9485-9498, doi:10.1128/JVI.01564-15.
Permar et al. Maternal HIV-1 envelope-specific antibody responses and reduced risk of perinatal transmission. 2015. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 125(7):2702-2706. doi:10.1172/JCI81593.