Kristy Gilman

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Kristy Gilman

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Kristy grew up in Oregon and attended Oregon State University for her undergraduate studies where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Health Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. She then came to the University of Arizona for her doctoral studies and worked with Dr. Kirsten Limesand studying radiation-induced salivary gland dysfunction, which is a life-long consequence following radiotherapy for head and neck cancers that severely diminishes the quality of life for patients. Kristy’s previous research focused on purinergic- and lipid-mediated inflammatory signaling induced by radiation damage and uncovered novel therapeutics that improved salivary gland function following radiation exposure in preclinical models. Kristy graduated with her Doctorate in May of 2021 and joined Dr. Katsanis’s lab as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Kristy has a number of projects currently underway with two overarching research topics: 1) Identifying novel and/or combination therapies to prevent the development graft-versus-host disease while maintaining successful engraftment and graft-versus-tumor effects in preclinical bone marrow transplantation models and, 2) Evaluating the use of combinations of allogeneic cells, pattern recognition receptors agonists and checkpoint inhibitors in controlling tumor growth in various murine solid tumor models. Kristy is passionate about immunology and cancer biology and has a goal of becoming a Professor at a R1 research institute studying transplantation immunology and immune-oncology.

Degrees

  • PhD
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