The Sci-Files – 08/25/2019 – Kayla, Justin, Jon – Prenatal Infection Affecting Pregnancy

Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

On this week’s The Sci-Files, your hosts Chelsie and Danny interview Kayla Conner, Justin Lee, and Jon Kaletka, all of them are graduate students from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

At the Hardy lab, they lab study prenatal infection and how it affects pregnancy outcome/development. Jon’s research focuses on understanding how Listeria infection changes the extracellular vesicle production in host cells, and how those regulate the immune response. Kayla studies how infection changes the structure/function of the placenta. Justin studies how prenatal infection/inflammation alters brain development in the fetus.

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