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I am a cellular immunologist with a particular interest in CD4+ Helper T cells. Although CD4+ T cells are an indispensable component of protective immunity, these cells can also drive diseases like allergies and asthma. My longterm goal is to discover basic mechanisms of CD4+ T cell priming and memory maintenance in an effort to delete harmful T cells while leaving the helpful varieties undisturbed.

My non-academic life... I served in the Peace Corps in Mozambique (2005-2007). In my free time, I enjoy building guitar pedals, biking, hiking, camping, and shouting happily/angrily at the TV during Wisconsin sports games.




University of Wiscosin - Madison

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Department of Pediatrics

Advisor: Bruce Klein, MD


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Doctor of Philosophy

Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Advisor: Kirsten Nielsen, PhD

Co-Advisor: Paul Bohjanen, MD/PhD


University of Wisconsin - Madison

Bachelor of Science


Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • Hartwell Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Outstanding Student Service Award. University of Minnesota MICAB Graduate Program

  • Dennis W. Watson Fellowship. University of Minnesota Department of Microbiology

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. University of Minnesota Graduate School

  • Young Investigator Award. Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

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