Kristy is a Master of Science! Kristy was the first graduate student from the lab to graduate, receiving her MSc degree in 2016. She now works as a scientific writer, writing both technical documents and public engagement pieces. She is also a travel expert and is busy exploring the world.
Research The immune system requires such a delicate balance of molecules to function optimally. If it responds too strongly during an infection, the collateral damage it causes can be fatal to the host. Alternatively, if the response isn’t strong enough, the host may ultimately die anyways due to the infection. My research will be focusing on the cytokine IL-10. IL-10 is known to be an immunosuppressant molecule and plays a key role in the balance of protective immunity and immunopathology. It is also suspected to have a role in the repair and remodeling of pulmonary tissue during and after influenza infection and this suspected role is where I will be focusing my research efforts. By understanding the impact and role that IL-10 signals have on infection, related to damage and lung tissue repair, there could be opportunities to manipulate the system and design future therapies for lung infections and damage.
About Me: I was born and raised in southern Ontario and completed my undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University as a biology major with a minor in chemistry. During my time at Laurier I was really involved with the Aboriginal Student Centre and the department of Biology. I spent three summers working in a lab with Dr. Mihai Costea studying plant morphology. I also worked as a laboratory instructional assistant for some undergrad class labs. All this time spent in labs made me realized that I really loved the hands on approach of learning and research. After taking virology class and an immunology class I also found myself fascinated with some of the subject material. With these interested in mind I decided that grad school would be a great opportunity to further explore these topics and gain more hands on research experience. In my free time I enjoy going to the movies, catching up with friends and creating beaded jewelry. Since I just moved to Vancouver I am still in the process of getting to know the city, but I find myself constantly in awe at all the natural beauty this city has to offer!