Current Research and Scholarly Interests
My research interest is in viral infections commonly affecting immunocompromised patients, investigating the pathogenesis and anti-viral immunity of these “opportunistic” viruses. I have a special interest in latent and persistent viruses, such as CMV and BK virus, in solid organ transplant patients. I focus on the host immune response to these viral infections with the end goal of improving clinical practices. I collaborate with both individual and core viral and immunology laboratories to conduct my research.
As Co-director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program in Immunocompromised Hosts, I have a research interest in developing and conducting clinical studies to improve identification, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases in the immunocompromised patient population. I also have a scholarly interest in establishing best practices for these patients.
My scholarly work extends to medical education. I am the Co-Chair for a multi-institution microbiology and immunology curriculum development project (with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) that aims to re-imagine how medical students gain knowledge in medical school. We are pursuing an innovative approach that involves concepts of the “flipped” classroom. We will be studying the short and long-term outcomes of students who learn from our innovative approach compared to the current standard approach.