Kelsey Stark

Kelsey Stark

Immunology Program Graduate Student Pre-Candidate

Biography

Kelsey is a second-year graduate student from Nebraska. She graduated with a B.S from Doane University in 2014 where she began her research career looking into the cancer stem cell theory and metastasis of prostate cancer. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Michigan earning a M.S. in Microbiology and Immunology. For her master's thesis, Kelsey studied host-microbiome interactions and the mucosal immune response during food allergic events.

In addition to her studies, Kelsey has worked as a technician at Neogen Genomics, one of the largest agricultural sequencing companies in the world, and studied language and culture in Spain and France

Research Interests

Kelsey is interested in the intersection of host immunology, neurology, the microbiome and disease. In particular, she is interested in anaphylaxis and the effect of immunological and/or microbiological mediators on its manifestation and severity.

Techniques Used

microbiological culturing, colony isolation, microscopy, dilutions, titer quantification, sanger sequencing, taxonomic analysis, R programming language, multiplex qPCR, western blotting, ELISA, histological slide staining, animal modeling for food allergies, in vivo experimentation, in vitro culture, flow cytometry, scientific manuscript writing, data organization

Awards

Dr. David H. Smith Memorial Research Award 2014
Robert D. Muckel Tri Beta Biological Excellence Award 2013

Abstracts

Falkowski NR, Stark KG, Erb-Downward JR, Brown CA, Hogan SP, Lukacs NW, Huffnagle GB. Multidimensional Analysis of Host-Microbiome Interactions in a Murine Model of IgE-Mediated Food Allergy. “Food Allergy Research in the Context of Mucosal Homeostasis and Immunity” Gordon Research Conference. January 5-10, 2020 Ventura, CA

Stark KG, Falkowski NR, McDonald RA, Huffnagle GB. Modulation of Mucosal Th2 Immunity in a Murine Model of IgE-Mediated Food Allergy. Candida and Candidiasis Research Conference. Previously Scheduled: April 19-23, 2020 - Rescheduled: March 21-27, 2021 Virtual Poster Presentation

Stark KG, Falkowski NR, Brown CA, McDonald RA, Huffnagle GB. Contribution of the Microbiome, Environment, and Genetics to Mucosal Type 2 Immunity and Anaphylaxis in a Murine Food Allergy Model. “Immunology 2022” American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting. May 6-10, 2022 Portland, OR

Publications

Stark KG, Falkowski NR, Brown CA, McDonald RA, Huffnagle GB. Contribution of the Microbiome, Environment, and Genetics to Mucosal Type 2 Immunity and Anaphylaxis in a Murine Food Allergy Model. Frontiers in Allergy. 2022; 3. doi: 10.3389/falgy.2022.851993.

Hallworth R, Stark K, Zholudeva L, Currall BB, Nichols MG. The conserved tetrameric subunit stoichiometry of Slc26 proteins. Microsc Microanal. 2013 Aug;19(4):799-807. doi: 10.1017/S1431927613000457. Epub 2013 May 3. PMID: 23642772; PMCID: PMC3767988.

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

Kelsey enjoys any type of outdoor activity especially running, hiking, camping, fishing, and snowboarding. She also loves spending time with friends and family, yoga, soccer and trying new things.