MSTP in PhD Training
Program: Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Current advisor: Drew Schwartz, MD, PhD
Undergraduate university: University of Texas-Arlington, 2019
Enrollment year: 2021
Interrogating the microbiome-host interface preceding sepsis in pre-term neonates.
In the Schwartz lab, I study the microbiome-host interface preceding sepsis in preterm neonates using a combination of sequencing, immune profiling, and computational analyses of clinical cohorts. Additionally, we use a neonatal microbiome-humanized mouse model to interrogate the gut microbiome, host immune, and epithelial mechanisms of bacteremic and culture-negative sepsis. By treating colonized pups with antibiotics, we can use this model to probe the gut microbiome-host immune interface to understand how the immune system develops in the context of an individual’s microbiome.