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Alice graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology.  She received a Dean’s Research Award for her undergraduate research on molecular interactions between the cell membrane and a membrane protein crucial to asymmetric embryonic cell division in C. elegans.  As a research technician at Caltech she studied host-microbe interactions using gnotobiotic mice.  She helped investigate a novel role for autophagy in host immune cells that recognize beneficial bacteria and prevent colitis.  

As a graduate student, she is interested in how the nervous and immune systems interact to maintain homeostasis.  She aims to study the role of astrocyte-like glial cells in the intestinal tract.

Alice is a recipient of a NY State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board’s Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (2019).


  1. Chu H, Khosravi A, Kusumawardhani IP, Kwon AH, Vasconcelos AC, Cunha LD, Mayer AE, Shen Y, Wu WL, Kambal A, Targan SR, Xavier RJ, Ernst PB, Green DR, McGovern DP, Virgin HW, Mazmanian SK (2016) Gene-microbiota interactions contribute to the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. Science 352(6289):1116-1120. PMID: 27230380.