I currently lead the independent junior research group “RNA Biology of Fungal Infections” at the Leibniz-HKI in Jena, Germany. The group is focused on harnessing our knowledge of extracellular vesicles and non-coding RNA for the development of RNA-based therapeutics and diagnostics for the treatment of fungal infections. You can learn more about our work, here. Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow and small group leader at the Leibniz-HKI with Prof. Axel Brakhage studying fungal biology and pathogenesis. My work was centered on the conidial (spore) surface proteome, the extracellular vesicle biology of host-pathogenesis, and the importance of non-coding RNA in fungi.
I earned my PhD in Microbiology and Immunology studying the pathogenesis and biochemistry of uropathogenic Escherichia coli with Prof. Matt Mulvey at the University of Utah. I followed my PhD with a postdoctoral fellowship also at the University of Utah defining the endogenous pool of double-stranded RNA in mammalian immune cells with Prof. Brenda Bass.
PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, 2012
University of Utah
BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2006
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