My research focuses on the interaction of the gut microbiome, diet and graft versus host disease (GVHD). Our group has previously shown that the diversity of the gut microbiome, as well as the diet of patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation, correlates with the development and survival of GVHD. Based on these findings, in an in vitro setting, I am investigating if the metabolism of the colon microbiome can modulate T cell activation and cytotoxicity. In mice models, I am testing if selective diets (i.e., fiber) could modulate GVHD outcome through microbial diversity and metabolism. I hope that these studies could lead to dietary and microbial interventions that can improve the survival of bone marrow transplant patients.
- National Cancer Institute. Postdoctoral Diversity Supplement. 2020-2023
- American Association of Cancer Research. Minority Scholar Award. 2019
- National Cancer Institute. Doctoral Diversity Supplement. 2016-2019
- Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation. Fellowship. 2012-2014
- PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology. State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. 2020
- Master of Science in Biology. The City College of New York. 2015
- Bachelors’ in Microbiology. Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. 2011