Andreacarola Urso Has Been Selected To Receive a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!
Andreacarola Urso is a PhD candidate in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics graduate program. She is part of Dr. Alice Prince's laboratory. Andreacarola's work focuses on immunometabolism as a bridge in the host-pathogen interaction in pulmonary infections. Current projects involve Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, known opportunistc pathogens triggering inflammatory responses and damage in host tissues. She is interested in the interplay between immune and bacterial cell bioenergetics in the pathogenesis of pneumonia, and how that affects infection outcome and pathogen adaptation to the airways.
In the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Andreacarola will test the hypothesis that T regulatory cells (Tregs) have a role in the acute immune response to common bacterial pathogens. She will determine if Tregs modulate the AMP-adenosine pathway exerting anti-inflammatory effects in acute airway S. aureus bacterial infection.