Cell Signaling & Cell/Environment Interactions
Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
Microbiology, Infection & Immunity
Maternal influence of neonatal health
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My lab studies how maternal-neonatal interactions promote offspring health. We take a comprehensive approach, incorporating techniques from microbiology to cellular immunology and embracing new methodologies whenever applicable. Recently, we demonstrated that breast milk-derived maternal antibodies limit neonatal immune responses to the microbiota. Current efforts are aimed at defining the mechanisms by which maternal antibodies achieve these effects as well as identifying and characterizing novel maternal-offspring interactions.