University of Basel (Switzerland)
I’m an associate professor of immunology at Uni Basel in Switzerland. I studied biology at Duke University and then ~ 4 years to figure out that science is for sure my thing. During this time I was a technician and the Gladstone Institute and had the good fortune of landing in an HIV immunology lab. This motivated me to attend grad school at UPenn (doctoral work on the role of TRAF6 in T cell tolerance). I moved to Basel for a postdoc looking at T cell receptor signal strength and cell fate. Eventually I made it back to infection immunology where we’ve mostly been focused on T follicular helper cell responses during viral infection. Recently we’ve made the jump to studying the significance of B cell/T cell interactions in the lung during tuberculosis infection, and lung macrophage remodeling following mucosal vaccination with BCG (in mice and humans). It sounds like a disconnected mess but it actually makes sense - we’re curious how the network of diverse immune cell types functions to promote host immunity in the lung and how this in turn affects bacterial fitness and stress.
Community & CulturePeer Review