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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Kate Sulka

PhD Student in Immunology
Kate Sulka

Kate Sulka

PhD Student in Immunology

Education: 
BA, Psychology, Providence College, Providence, RI
Research synopsis: 

Aging and neurodegeneration are associated with neuroinflammation, which is primarily driven by the activation of innate immune pathways. Recent research has shown a role for interferon in choroid plexuses of aged brains which correlated to age-associated neurological decline. In the Sharma lab, there is a special focus on the role of Type I interferons (IFN-I) in response to nucleic acid sensing and how these downstream signals affect aging. I am investigating how DNA-sensing machinery in glial cells contributes to IFN-I and other inflammatory pathways during aging and neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

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