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|Greg earned his B.S. in
Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at UCLA.
During his undergraduate research, he completed an
undergraduate thesis in Robert Gunsalus's lab studying the
surface layer protein layer of archaea including
Methanosarcina acetivorans. Additionally, he completed
a summer internship at DuPont Industrial Biosciences
constructing E. coli strains that successfully produce
isoprene, a main component of rubber, under
nitrogen-limiting conditions. After UCLA, Greg spent a year
as a research associate at Stanford University under Deborah
Gordon. His work detailed the neurobiology of collective
behavior in the Pogonomyrmex barbatus harvester ant.
Greg is now a member of the Biomedical Sciences PhD program on a interdisciplinary project in glycosciences and infectious diseases that combines the expertise of primary advisor Jeffrey Esko and the Nizet Lab. His research explores the interface between heparan sulfate proteoglycans and bacterial sepsis, probing the influence of heparan sulfate in host-pathogen interactions, vascular biology, and innate immunity.