|Christopher LaRock, PhD
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Christopher LaRock received a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington with Dr. Brad Cookson. His thesis work identified a Yersinia pestis virulence factor that antagonizes inflammation by inhibit inflammasome signaling, and one that defends the bacterium against the antimicrobial factors of the lysosome.
As a postdoctoral researcher, Chris continues to study the molecular basis of microbial virulence factors that target the innate immune system. His current work examines the biochemical basis of antimicrobial peptide sequestration by Streptococcal secreted proteins (collaboration with Partho Ghosh lab) and the intersection of secreted Streptococcal proteases with host proteolytic signaling pathways such as the inflammasome.