Born and raised in the state of Maine, I chose to embrace my roots and my state’s rural offerings while I pursued a dual degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington. Prior to graduating, I got my first real taste of science as a Maine INBRE Summer Research Fellow in 2014 at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Salisbury Cove, ME. Following graduation from UMF, though I love nothing more than the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, I did the unthinkable and joined up with their arch nemesis, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, as an NIH Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Fellow. During a year in Dr. Gary Huffnagle’s lab, I worked on developing a mouse model to be used for studying allergic disease development as a result of microbiome dysbiosis. It was during this time that my interest in the immune response was sparked and I made the decision to pursue my Ph.D. in the MCB program at Dartmouth. I joined the Huang lab in the spring of 2017 and am currently examining the relationships between CD4 and CD8 T cells in addition to identifying their mechanisms of interaction in the context of infection. In my spare time you can find me aspiring to epitomize the Mary Berry lifestyle through stress baking (as seen on the Great British Bake Off), attempting to figure out how to grow a successful garden with just clay pots and Pinterest-inspired dreams, and playing on the infamous MCB Softball Team, Upper Valley Granola.
Hills LB, Abdullah L, Lust HE, Degefu H, Huang YH. Foxo1 Serine 209 Is a Critical Regulatory Site of CD8 T Cell Differentiation and Survival. J Immunol. 2021 206(1):89-100. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2000216. PMID: 33229443
Caffrey-Carr AK, Kowalski CH, Beattie SR, Blaseg NA, Upshaw CR, Thammahong A, Lust HE, Tang YW, Hohl TM, Cramer RA, Obar JJ. Interleukin 1α Is Critical for Resistance against Highly Virulent Aspergillus fumigatus Isolates. Infect Immun. 2017 85(12):e00661-17. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00661-17. PMID: 28947643
Kelly AL, Senter-Zapata MJ, Campbell AC, Lust HE, Theriault ME, Andralojc KM, Updike DL. A Forward Genetic Screen for Suppressors of Somatic P Granules in Caenorhabditis elegans. G3 (Bethesda). 2015 5(10):2209-15.