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Sara Dann, PhD
Sara Dann, PhD
Assistant Professor

Mucosal Immunology

DivisionInfectious Disease
DepartmentInternal Medicine

Overview

Dr. Dann's research focuses on understanding the interaction of enteric pathogens with the host mucosal immune system. Her goals are aimed at defining the role of common parasites, such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium, in intestinal inflammation and the involvement of innate immunity in this process. She is currently studying how dendritic cells and other innate cells initiate immune responses while maintaining intestinal tolerance. Understanding these processes will allow her to dissect the mechanisms involved in microbial-triggered colitis in genetically-susceptible hosts. Her findings might have very direct implications for the design of improved therapeutic and preventive strategies for the treatment of IBD. 

Research Interests
  • Enteric Pathogens
  • Giardia and Cryptosporidium
Education
Degree/Training CompletedYearName & Location
B.S.1995University of California, Riverside, California
M.S.1999University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Ph.D.2005University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
Postdoctoral Training2008University of California, San Diego, California