|Jacqueline Kimmey, PhD
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|Jacqueline Kimmey received
a Bachelorís in in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular
Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. As an
undergraduate, she investigated heme acquisition in Mycobacterium
tuberculosis in the laboratory of Dr. Marcus Horwitz,
and was supported by the UC LEADS and MARC Scholar Programs.
She received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis
under the guidance of Dr. Christina Stallings. Her thesis
work identified a novel function for ATG5 in controlling
neutrophil mediated immunopathology and susceptibility to M.
tuberculosis, and demonstrated that, contrary to
expectation, the host degradation pathway of autophagy is
not required to control M. tuberculosis. As a
graduate student, Jacqueline was supported by the NSF
Graduate Fellowship Research Program.
As a postdoctoral researcher, Jacqueline is studying how neutrophils and macrophages respond to bacterial pathogens, and how these responses affect disease progression. She is also interested in understanding how immunity differs in susceptible populations such as neonates and is currently studying mechanisms of enhancing innate defenses against group B Streptococcus.