Our goal is to improve health outcomes of women and their babies by understanding processes of bacteria-host interactions and ecology within the complex biochemical, microbiological, and immunological niches of the female urogenital tract. We use multiple approaches to investigate host-microbe interactions that impact women's health at carbohydrate-rich mucosal surfaces of the female urinary and reproductive tracts. Model systems employ biochemical, cellular, and animal models in conjunction with clinical specimens to interrogate mechanisms in urogenital disease.
The glycobiology of microbial interactions with one another and the host is an area of special interest to us.
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