I am a biologist that likes big data. I have had the pleasure of conducting research on parasite ecology, infectious disease, and primate natural history. Currently, I am a post-doctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis, in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Philips. I analyze transcriptional changes in immune cells (macrophages and T cells) that have been exposed to various strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). By studying how Mtb hijacks the host immune response to benefit its own growth and survival, my lab hopes to discover novel therapeutic targets to combat the disease, which at present infects a quarter of the world’s population. I also remain a key member of the Field Projects International (FPI) team. To learn more about my efforts through FPI, please visit our website.
Parasites and pathogens are implicated in regulating predator-prey population cycles, nutrient cycling, animal reproduction, speciation, social behavior and much more. It is hypothesized that parasite and pathogen diversity is correlated with community-wide health. Accordingly, in disturbed, fragmented, or unnatural habitats, we would expect less parasite and pathogen diversity and overall reductions in animal health and population stability. If you are interested in learning more, or even joining this research effort for a period of time, please get in touch with me directly or through Field Projects International.