Dr. Dane Parker joined the Center for Immunity and Inflammation and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in April 2018 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, where he studies the interaction between bacterial pathogens and the innate immune system. Dr. Parker obtained his PhD from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where his focus on was the genetics and transcriptional regulation of the pathogen responsible for ovine footrot. In 2007 he moved to the laboratory of Professor Alice Prince at Columbia University where he gained skills in working with several important human bacterial pathogens responsible for respiratory and skin infections,also gaining experience with host innate immune signalling pathways important for the detection of microorganisms. A major focus of his research is the type I and type III interferon signalling pathways, how bacterial pathogens can activate this pathway and how they influence inflammation and bacterial clearance during infection. He is actively working with the important bacterial species, Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter baumannii and Streptococcus pneumoniae. It is this work that is funded by an R01 grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Parker established his laboratory in 2016 at Columbia University Medical Center and continues this work at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Work in the lab uses animal models and in vitro analyses to dissect both the host and bacterial response in infection.
PHD, 2015, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
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