Kathy Michels completes her PhD

June 9, 2017 by

In late May, Kathy Michels successfully defended her thesis “Iron uptake in host defense against pneumonia”. Her work in Borna Mehrad’s lab examined the role of microbial iron uptake in two distinct models of pneumonia. In one project, she found that the iron regulatory hormone hepcidin protects against Gram-negative pneumonia by sequestering iron intracellularly and preventing dissemination of bacteria in the bloodstream. In her second project, she found a potential role for the release of free heme in the pathogenesis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Congratulations Kathy!