Graham joined the team in 2014 and moved with us to Glasgow in 2016. He remains a UBC student but is slowly becoming Glaswegian too, learning to distinguish chips from fries, and even spotted with his ceilidh dancing shoes on.
Research Summary: A Th2 immune response is associated with helminth infection and several autoimmune diseases, such as asthma and ulcerative colitis. The central coordinator behind this response is the cytokine IL-4, which Georgia’s group has previously shown to be able to predefine the function of inactive, bystander T cells within proximity of the source. I am interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms behind the ability of IL-4 signaling to create this functional bias before these T cells are activated. Understanding the regulatory mechanisms for this phenomenon may allow the development of new therapeutic strategies for helminth infection and autoimmune diseases.
About Me: Before joining the Perona lab in September 2014, I did my undergraduate degree in the joint Biotechnology program between BCIT and UBC. Through the program I landed lab positions at a pharmaceutical company called Cardiome, the Vancouver Prostate Centre and Dr. Murphy’s lab in the UBC Microbiology department. I realized research in academia was where I wanted to be, found my calling in immunology through my courses at UBC and hence joined Georgia’s team as a graduate student! Being born and raised in Vancouver, I feel at home with both the ocean and mountains. Skiing in the winter. Hiking and beaches in the summer. It’s a hard place to leave behind. Though, the Scottish hills were enticing enough to pack up and move! Other activities of choice include kayaking, biking, soccer, and ultimate frisbee (It’s a real sport!). Generally I’m happy doing anything in the great outdoors, preferably followed by a visit to the pub for a beer or two.