Alison Coady, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Alison is from Washington State, where she received a BS in Microbiology from the University of Washington. During college, she worked at NOAA’s Pacific Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle helping to characterize virulence factors in the salmon pathogen Renibacterium salmoninarum. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in rural Zambia teaching subsistence farmers how to develop sustainable and productive fishery programs. While she loved living in a mud hut and not having to shower every day, she ultimately returned to the United States to study microbiology and immunology in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UC San Francisco. Alison conducted her PhD thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Anita Sil, where she investigated the contribution of cell-specific MyD88 signaling in the host immune response to the human fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum. Her graduate work was supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.


In the Nizet lab, Alison is continuing to study the interface between host and pathogen. She is specifically interested in understanding how pathogen manipulation of Siglec-mediated signaling influences the host immune response.