Molecular Virology and Microbiology Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX US Member of the KLemon Lab
BS from University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana United States
Host epithelial interactions with the human nasal microbiome
My long-term goal as a graduate student in the KLemon Lab is to use human nasal organoid models (nasanoids) to learn how nasal microbiota influence host immune responses to the pathobiont Staphylococcus aureus, a common member of the nasal microbiota that is also a common cause of disease in humans. Recurrent and antibiotic-resistant S. aureus infections are growing problems. I am investigating the potential of a common, benign member of human nasal microbiota, Dolosigranulum pigrum, to limit nasal colonization by S. aureus. Exploring how benign members of human nasal microbiota limit pathobiont colonization is a path to potential probiotic treatments and defining mechanisms for how to produce stable microbial communities that promote health.