Shelby Priest


Headshot of Shelby PriestMGM Graduate Student (2015)
Heitman Lab
320 CARL Building
Box 3546, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-684-3036
Fax: 919-684-2790


Research Interest: fungal pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, and immunology

I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas and earned my B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University in 2015. My first research experience was in the Gustin lab at Rice and centered on the oxidative stress response pathway in Candida albicans. Shortly after, I spent several of my undergraduate years in the Lorenz lab at the UT Health Science Center working on the phenotypic characterization of CUG clade Candida species.

I chose to pursue my Ph.D. at Duke because of the world-renowned faculty and the abundance of fungal pathogenesis research. I hope to continue research in mycology here at Duke.

Outside of the lab I enjoy running, hiking, and cooking.