Dr. Pukkila-Worley Investigates Immune Defense Mechanisms

Dr. Pukklia-Worley

Through a $2.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Read Pukkila-Worley, MD, infectious disease, will advance the understanding of how intestinal epithelial cells —the cells that line the intestine — recognize when we are under attack by bacterial pathogens. His research focuses on how these cells distinguish between the beneficial microbes always present in our intestinal tracts and ingested pathogens. “My hope is that advances in our understanding of immune defense mechanisms will lead to the discovery of new therapies that can benefit patients at risk for bacterial infections,” said Dr. Pukkila-Worley. Read article.

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