Positions

Assistant Professor
Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Member
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Co-Director
Biology of Inflammation Center

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship at NYU School of Medicine
PhD from University of California, Berkeley
Molecular and Cell Biology
BA from Pomona College

Professional Interests

  • Impact of the microbiota on intestinal immune responses

Professional Statement

The lab’s focus is the crosstalk between the intestinal immune system and the microbiota. We previously determined that signals from the microbiota promote intestinal homeostasis by both facilitating mucosal healing and limiting the induction of inflammatory immune responses against intestinal antigens. We are now examining the specific microbes involved in these processes as well as identifying the signaling pathways mediating these responses. This will allow selective manipulation of the intestinal immune system to either increase immune responses (in the case of infectious diseases) or limit them (in the case of inflammatory disorders such as IBD).

Selected Publications