2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Biology
Mentor: Kari Nadeau (Medicine and Pediatrics - Allergy & Clinical Immunology)

“Immune Effects of Wildfire Exposure”

Air pollution exposure is detrimental to health. Given the increasing prevalence of fire smoke in the U.S., the need to understand the connection between smoke exposure with disease risk and/or severity and associated health risks is imperative. Therefore, research will explore the acute and chronic health effects of wildfire smoke in firefighters in the Bay Area. Olivia, is collecting blood samples from firefighters before and after smoke exposure. She will perform data analysis of levels of cytokines collected using a Luminex immunoassay platform.