Mentor: Dr. David Culp
College of Dentistry
"Since high school, I have been fascinated with the biological processes of the human body. Learning more and more about the different professional healthcare fields I became interested in oral healthcare and the science behind dentistry."
- Symbiotic Relationships
- Genome analysis
- Proteomic analysis
- University Scholars Program 2015-2016
- Shands Volunteering
- University of Florida College Of Dentistry
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing Pickup Soccer
- Playing a Round of Golf
The Effects of Oral Commensal Streptococci on Gingival Epithelium Innate Immunity
Our lab is primarily interested in the role that oral microbiota have on the physiological processes of human gingival epithelial cells. Specifically, we use a line of Keratinocytes that have been proven to express similar morphology and physiology to a specific tissue layer called junctional epithelium. The junctional epithelium is the tissue layer seperating the many layers of differentiated human gingiva and vascular connective tissue. By studying physiological phenomenon such as regulation of membrane associated proteins, production of signaling molecules, and adherance and invasaion of pathogenic bacteria, we can investigate our many questions.