Nicolette was our trend-setting graduate student, the first to join the team. She has generated some beautiful data and is busily writing her thesis back in Vancouver.
Research summary My current research interests lie in elucidating the regulation of IL-10 during influenza infection. Pandemic influenza outbreaks such as those caused by the 1918 flu virus and the 2005 H5N1 strain are associated with severe lung pathology due to a dysregulated, overzealous immune response. The immunosuppressive cytokine IL-10 plays a key role in restraining the pro-inflammatory response. But too much or too little IL-10 can negatively affect disease outcome. Therefore, I am interested in unraveling the molecular signals that regulate IL-10 expression. This will provide new insight in to mechanisms that balance effective immunity and immunopathology during respiratory disease.
Nicolette’s personal summary I entered the Master’s program at UBC in September 2012, having lived and studied in India before. I enjoy living in Vancouver. There are so many exciting things to do. I like hiking and taking evening strolls along the beach. I learnt to ski last winter and loved it! I’m hoping to conquer the blue runs this winter!