• Title Graduate student—Saeed lab
  • Education B.S. Biology, Stonehill College
  • Office Saeed Lab, 502E 620 Albany Street 5th Floor
  • Area of Interest Host-Pathogen Interactions
    Innate Immunity

I received my B.S. in biology from Stonehill College in 2015, where my undergraduate research focused on behavioral ecology and social cooperation in aquatic systems. In 2017, I joined the lab of Dr. Bruce Levy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a research technician. During this time, I had the opportunity to help elucidate the roles of bioactive lipid molecules that orchestrate the resolution of inflammation using disease models for asthma and acute respiratory distress syndrome. It was also during this time that I discovered my interests in biochemistry, host-pathogen interactions, and innate immunity.

I joined the lab of Dr. Mohsan Saeed as a graduate student in the summer of 2020. In the Saeed Lab, my research focus is antiviral innate immune signaling and mechanisms by which viruses evade the host immune system. My hope is that my research will highlight novel pathways of antiviral immunity that further our understanding of virus-host interactions and serve as novel targets for therapeutics. I am thankful for being part of the immersive scientific community at Boston University and continue to look forward to the many opportunities that it will offer me as I pursue my Ph.D.

Publications

  • Levy BD, Abdulnour RE, Tavares A, et al. Cysteinyl maresins regulate the prophlogistic lung actions of cysteinyl leukotrienes. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020;145(1):335-344. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2019.09.028
  • Tavares AH, Colby JK, Levy BD, Abdulnour RE. A Model of Self-limited Acute Lung Injury by Unilateral Intra-bronchial Acid Instillation. J Vis Exp. 2019;(150):10.3791/60024. Published 2019 Aug 30. doi:10.3791/60024
  • Abdulnour RE, Howrylak JA, Tavares AH, et al. Phospholipase D isoforms differentially regulate leukocyte responses to acute lung injury. J Leukoc Biol. 2018;103(5):919-932. doi:10.1002/JLB.3A0617-252RR

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