Research Assistant Professor
Location: 505 Ingersoll Hall Extension
Phone: 718.951.5000 x1795
As a graduate student Melissa Garcia-Sherman studied the effects of cell adhesion and cytoskeleton on the visual system development of fruit flies. After graduate school she joined the NIEHS as a post-doctoral fellow in Ken Olden's lab studying the effects of diet on cellular motility and metastatic potential. She then joined Peter Lipke's lab at Brooklyn College investigating the role of functional amyloids in fungal-host interactions. Currently, Garcia-Sherman is building a research program that studies the interface between infectious disease and diet. The research is demonstrating dietary effects on fungal metabolism. This is an entirely new area of study and will be key for rational treatment and prevention of disease.