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After completing my PhD in Biochemistry with Aaron Straight at Stanford, my evolving scientific interests led to a postdoc in B cell biology. Working with Jayanta Chaudhuri at Memorial Sloan Kettering, I studied molecular mechanisms of antibody affinity maturation and class switch recombination. I was fascinated by the Darwinian natural selection that occurs amongst B cell clones during a germinal center reaction; an elegant illustration of evolution and natural selection deriving a miniaturized, vastly accelerated version of itself. My postdoc work also focused on understanding the different types of B cells arising from germinal centers following a viral infection, with a particular interest in long-lived memory B cells, and how to manipulate germinal centers to enhance humoral immunity.
I joined Genentech in 2022 as a Principal Scientist in the Department of Immunology Discovery, where my lab is investigating the role of B cells and antibodies in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.
Cell Rep. 2021 Nov 9;37(6):109961. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2021.109961. PMID: 34758310; PMCID: PMC7612942.
Immunity. 2020 Nov 17;53(5):952-970.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2020.10.003. Epub 2020 Oct 23. PMID: 33098766; PMCID: PMC8356774.
My lab is focused on understanding how B cells and antibodies contribute to inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including, but not limited to, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis. Current research projects include: