I completed my PhD in the Immunology Program, studying with Alexander Poltorak.
My work focused on the genetics underlying innate immunity. This area represents a fascinating but complex field of study. In this context, my research project compared the immune responses of classical inbred mice to those of the genetically divergent wild-derived mice. The genes responsible for these differences can be pinpointed using classical genetic mapping and once identified, their mechanisms of action can be determined. I emphasized studies of type I IFN production during infection and identified novel mutations and signaling pathways that allow us to better understand the function of key players involved.
I am now completing the fourth year of medical school.