- BA, Biology and Chemistry: Goucher College, Baltimore, MD (1998)
- PhD, Molecular Biophysics: Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2002)
- W. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow: Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2004)
- D’Arbelloff Postdoctoral Fellow: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (2006)
- NIH Postdoctoral Fellow: Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2007)
The treatment of individuals with autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and autoimmune disorders of the central nerve system remains a challenge. Despite our increasing knowledge of the immunological basis of these diseases, commonly used immunosuppressant therapies lead to devastating long-term side effects. Therefore, there is a critical need to increase our understanding of molecular basis for immune dysfunction and to develop novel approaches for its treatment and prevention. Evolution has tailor-made viral proteins to interfere with the immune response of their host, making them effective tools to perturb and study cellular pathways. Our research program is aimed at identifying and studying novel herpesvirus-encoded immune evasion proteins capable of modulating host inflammatory processes with the ultimate goal of utilizing such proteins in treatment of autoimmune diseases and inflammation.
Lab Phone: 314-747-4603
Office Location: CSRB, Room 7702