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B.S. in Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio.
My research is focused on the regulation of innate and adaptive immune responses by host cell signaling pathways, and the mechanisms that pathogens use to evade and otherwise manipulate host immunity. I am currently studying the role of members of a conserved family of Pattern Recognition Receptors (PRRs) known as Toll-Like Receptors (TLRs) and their signaling adaptor proteins during the immune response to the intracellular bacterial pathogen Francisella tularensis, a gram-negative bacterium that causes the disease tularemia. I am working on defining a novel TLR signaling pathway that is required for appropriate innate immune responses to pulmonary F. tularensis infection, and on mechanisms by which F. tularensis evades innate immune responses.
March 2009 - Winner, first prize - Annual Terry Mikiten Graduate Student Research Forum poster presentation.
November 2011 - Winner, runner-up prize � San Antonio Infectious Disease Research Symposium poster presentation, San Antonio, TX.
May 2012 - Trainee abstract travel award � 99th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Immunologists, Boston, MA.
September 2012 - Presenter travel award (pending) - 7th International Conference on Tularemia, Breckenridge, CO.
September 2009 through August 2011 - NIH training grant T32-007271.