I graduated from Tulane University in 2018 with a double major B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Chemistry. During my time at Tulane, I was an undergraduate researcher working on characterizing a novel class of antibiotics. I am now at the University of Michigan as a Ph.D. student in the Program in Immunology.
My project in Dr. Daniel Goldstein’s laboratory focuses on how aging dysregulates the immune response to influenza infection. My broad research interests include immunology, senescence, host-pathogen interactions, and pulmonology.
flow cytometry, viral plaque assay, ELISA, microscopy, western blot, primary cell cultures
George Lucry Grant -2017
Jonathan Ching Undergraduate Summer Fellowship -2017
Ann Hero Northrup Award in Chemistry -2018
Research Training in Experimental Immunology (T32) Trainee -2019
Rackham Graduate Student Pre-Candidate Research Grant -2020
Chen J, Kelley WJ, Goldstein DR. Role of Aging and the Immune Response to Respiratory Viral Infections: Potential Implications for COVID-19. J Immunol. 2020 Jul 15;205(2):313-320. doi: 10.4049/jimmunol.2000380.
Smith CA, Kulkarni U, Chen J, Goldstein DR. Influenza virus inoculum volume is critical to elucidate age-dependent mortality in mice. Aging Cell. 2019 Apr;18(2):e12893. doi: 10.1111/acel.12893.
Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities
During my free time, I enjoy painting and trying out new restaurants. I also enjoy spending relaxing nights crocheting and hanging out with my two cats.