Host and Pathogen Molecular Factors Controlling Protective Neutrophil Recruitment to the Fungal-Infected CNS
Rebecca was an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh and received her Bsc degree with honors in immunology 1st class in 2010. As an undergraduate her research focused on the functional roles of novel memory markers in specific T-lymphocycte subsets. Rebecca was then a graduate student at the University of Aberdeen and trained there with Gordon Brown, receiving her PhD in 2014. Her work focused on the roles of innate immunity against fungal infections and the roles of C-type lectins including Dectin-1 and others. During this period of training, she was highly prolific and authored more than a dozen primary research publications and reviews and chapters. Since August 2014 Rebecca has been conducting post-doctoral fellowship training with Michail Lionakis at the NIH, and there her work has focused on naturally occurring variants in the human population that predispose to fungal infections, and in unusual anatomic settings. In particular her work has revealed a novel role for CARD9 in neutrophil recruitment to the CNS, such that individuals with card9 mutations have a higher risk of Candida albicans infections as a cause of meningitis (Drummond et al PLOS Pathogens 2015).