Award Recipient - Excellence in Basic Science 2017
Rachel is a third-year infectious disease fellow at UCSF working as a post-doc in the McCune/Hunt lab at the Division of Experimental Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She completed her MD/PhD at Yale where she worked with Sue Kaech. She joined Mike McCune's lab in the summer of 2015. She is interested in understanding the regulation of HIV-specific CD8+ T-cell dysfunction (also known as exhaustion). Specifically, she has been reevaluating how different "HIV cure" immunomodulatory clinical interventions designed to boost CD8+ T-cell function impact HIV-specific CD9+ T-cell effector function, proliferative capacity and differentiation state. am interested in better understanding the immune response to HIV infection, particularly in the setting of viral suppression with anti-retroviral therapy, and how this response could be manipulated in order to potentially eradicate the latent HIV reservoir.