Associate Professor/ Vice Chair of Biology
I have focused my interests on the neutrophil. Specifically, the involvement of neutrophils in the production of T cell recruiting chemokines during Herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) infection of human corneas. In the lab we use a novel ex vivo model for HSV-1 corneal infection in which chemokine secretion by the corneal cells and neutrophils may be studied. During experiments we use human corneal tissue supplied by the Georgia Eye Bank, Inc. and neutrophils purified from donated human blood.I am committed to training undergraduate and masters students at UWG. I have been awarded multiple intramural grants from COSM and UWG to support student research, which has been presented at meetings of the American Society for microbiolgy and published in peer reviewed journals. Working with undergraduate students within one of only two biohazard level II laboratories here at UWG requires a high level of commitment to train students in protocols and safety. It provides me with great satisfaction when my students successfully graduate to medical college, or research positions having completed a clinically orientated research experience.
Education / Degrees
- B.Sc., Microbiology, University of Surrey, UK, 1993
- Ph.D., Virology, University of Bristol, UK, 1997