Gabrielle Huizinga

Gabrielle Huizinga

Immunology Program Graduate Student Pre-Candidate


A West Michigan native, Gabrielle earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University’s Honors College in 2019. She also completed an additional major in Genomics and Molecular Genetics through the College of Natural Science. Her first research project was with Dr. Jim Tiedje uncovering new species of dioxin degrading bacteria. After finding her passion for immunology, she began a research project with Dr. Andrew Olive studying genetic mechanisms underlying regulation of MHCII in chronic infections such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Chlamydia trachomatis.

After graduation, Gabrielle enthusiastically joined PIBS in Fall 2019. In April 2020, she joined both Durga Singer and Beth Moore's labs. She is also completing a certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys dancing, science communication via social media, running, and playing with her dog, Duke

Research Interests

Gabrielle’s research interests are in host-pathogen interactions, innate immunity, and translational immunology. Her project is focused on understanding the mechanisms behind increased morbidity and mortality seen in obese patients following pulmonary bacterial infections.


Flow cytometry, mouse infection models, qPCR, nucleic acid extraction


University of Michigan Molecular Mechanisms in Microbial Pathogenesis T32 Trainee 2020

Michigan State University Honors College Member 2015-2019

Michigan State University Honors College Service Award 2019

Michigan State University Undergraduate Research Ambassador


Huizinga G, Wilke C, Wahrheit-Niemi H, Hult E, Gallagher K, Moore B. 2020. Analysis of MRSA Pulmonary Infection in Diabetic Mice. Mucosal Immunology Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.

Huizinga, G., Howland, J., Tsoi, T., Boughner, L.A., Tiedje, J. 2018. Selection for Novel Bacteria with an Ability to Degrade Dioxins. University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, Michigan State University.

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

When not in lab, I volunteer as a dog walker and puppy intake at the Humane Society for Huron Valley. I also enjoy going to Michigan's beautiful lakes and hanging out with my dog.