Microbiology, Infection & Immunity
Roles of antigen-specific T cells in human immunity to cancer and infectious disease
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Interest in understanding the roles of T cell antigen specificity in regulating immune responses in humans and leveraging the specificity of T cells to study human immunity in the context of health, cancer and infectious diseases.
– Roles of T cell antigen specificity in tumor immunity
– Understanding diversity of tumor infiltrating T cells
– Identifying disease relevant T cells in circulation to gauge status of tumor-specific immune response
– Roles of virus specific T cells in in the context of virally driven cancers
– Roles of virus-specific T and B cells in vaccines and infectious diseases
As a scientist, one of the most terrific aspects of this career has been the exposure I have gotten to people from a very broad range of ethnic backgrounds from all over the world. Nonetheless, we all know very well that major injustices remain, and it is critical to be proactive in opening opportunities for under-represented minorities and women. While I am proud of my history in terms of the diversity of people, I have the pleasure recruiting to the lab, I am aware of implicit bias, and I am working to further educate myself on how to improve impartiality.
As a supervisor and mentor for my lab members, wellbeing, and career support of all members of my lab has always been a major priority. I have been extremely lucky to have the opportunity to provided mentorship to a wide range of trainees over the course of my faculty career we have been fortunate with a high rate of success in terms of trainee contributions to publication. To maintain this, I know that it will be extremely important to maintain an overall positive attitude in the lab. While this has been challenging during the pandemic, I am proud of the lab for maintaining good spirits.