This week’s Friday Research Seminar Series will be hosted by the Microbiology and Immunology department. All faculty members and students are invited to attend.
Manuel Galvan, Ph.D.Researcher, Des Moines University
Dr. Galvan recently started at Des Moines University working with Dr. Suzanne Bohlson. Their laboratory focuses on phagocyte recognition and clearance events with the goal of developing therapies that strengthen the body’s ability to ingest and kill infectious particles or dead/dying cells. Specific cells in the body are designed to ingest dangerous particles, such as invading bacteria. These professional eating cells, or phagocytes, also eat dead or dying cells. This process of clearance of dead or dying cells is necessary to allow for the repair of damaged tissue, and to maintain normal tissue. When this process of cellular ingestion (phagocytosis) is dysregulated, the body becomes susceptible to chronic infections and autoimmunity.
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