Biomedical Sciences PhD Program
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|Nina grew up in the quiet
town on Chino Hills, California. As an undergraduate
researcher, she studied the effects of dietary short chain
fatty acids in Salmonella colitis in the laboratory of Dr.
Manuella Raffatellu at UC Irvine. After her bachelor's
degree in microbiology and immunology, she worked as a
laboratory technician in Dr. Daniel Salomon's lab at the
Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, studying RNA binding
protein splicing complexes mediating alternative splicing in
the activation of CD4+ T cells.
Nina is a PhD graduate student in the biomedical sciences program at UCSD. Her research examines the virulence mechanisms of Group A Streptococcus and the corresponding host immune response, with a focus on the role of the species-defining group A carbohydrate antigen, global transcriptional regulation, and vaccine development. Her research is currently supported by the Global Health Institute and the Genetics Training Program at UC San Diego.