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Mytrang (Mia) Do, a fifth year MD-PhD student and 2010 Gateways to the Laboratory Program alumna, has been awarded an F30 Fellowship from the NIAID for her project, “The role of RagGTPases dependent amino acid-sensing pathway in regulatory T cell functions.” This project uses various genetic tools to characterize how constitutive activation of the amino acid-sensing pathway affects regulatory T cell function in health and in disease models of chronic viral infection and cancer. Altered regulatory T cell homeostasis contributes to the pathogenesis of a variety of human diseases including infections and cancers. Thus, this proposed research may uncover ways to modulate immunity and inflammation for therapeutic benefit.
Mia is conducting her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Ming Li at the Sloan Kettering Institute.