Departments & Organizations
My interest in microbes started in college when I did a research project on Trypanosomes, the parasite that causes African sleeping sickness. I was struck with how the membrane of the parasite changed its surface antigens to circumvent the host immune response. My interest in the host microbe relationship continued during my MD/Ph.D., during which my thesis work focused on Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV), the cause of chicken pox and shingles. We demonstrated that the VZV virus had co-evolved to become highly dependent on the cellular signaling proteins JNK and ERK, which was beautifully illustrated when we found that the virus had hijacked these cellular proteins and had incorporated them into the virion. My clinical experiences during ID fellowship have solidified the importance of the host-microbe relationship, and have pushed me to further understand the host innate immune response.
Education & Training
|PhD||SUNY Upstate Medical University, Microbiology and Immunology (2008)|
|MD||SUNY Upstate Med Center (2008)|
|Fellowship||Yale University School of Medicine|
|Residency||University of Virginia-Charlottesville|
|Board Certification||AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2012)|