I am a molecular immunologist with background in cancer vaccine development.  Currently pursuing a PhD degree in molecular and cellular biology under the tutelage of Dr. Cynthia Baldwin in the laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Immunology.  

Most recently, I've been characterizing functions of a transmembrane protein that acts like a PRR and Co-receptor for the T-cell receptor. I routinely use multi-color flow cytometric platforms to isolate these T cell populations and then look at gene expression using qRT-PCRs.

 

When I'm not Sciencing.. I'm most likely Tweeting @payalyokota