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Postdoc - Neuroscience Johns Hopkins University - 2022
Ph.D. - Biology Stanford University - 2016
B.S. - Biochemistry University of Wisconsin - Madison - 2010
Antimicrobial peptide signaling in urinary tract infections
We are interested in how antimicrobial peptides contribute to urinary tract immunity by activating receptors on immune cells and sensory neurons.
Host-microbe interaction in the skin
We use mouse and bacterial genetics to understand how S. aureus interacts with antimicrobial peptides in the mammalian skin.
Neuro-immune crosstalk in psoriasis
We try to understand how defensins facilitate neuro-immune crosstalk and cause psoriatic itch.
Synchronized cluster firing, a distinct form of sensory neuron activation, drives spontaneous pain 2022 - Journal Article
Keratinocyte-derived defensins activate neutrophil-specific receptors Mrgpra2a/b to prevent skin dysbiosis and bacterial infection 2022 - Journal Article
A basophil-neuronal axis promotes itch 2021 - Journal Article
A Connective Tissue Mast-Cell-Specific Receptor Detects Bacterial Quorum-Sensing Molecules and Mediates Antibacterial Immunity 2019 - Journal Article
A Dendritic Guidance Receptor Complex Brings Together Distinct Actin Regulators to Drive Efficient F-Actin Assembly and Branching 2018 - Journal Article
Peripheral and Central Mechanisms of Itch 2018 - Journal Article
A multi-protein receptor-ligand complex underlies combinatorial dendrite guidance choices in C. elegans 2016 - Journal Article
Precise regulation of the guidance receptor DMA-1 by KPC-1/furin instructs dendritic branching decisions 2016 - Journal Article
Discovery Award - National Psoriasis Foundation 
Leading Edge Fellow - Leading Edge Symposium 
Damon Runyon/HHMI postdoc fellowship - Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation