Dr. Kristin Patrick is an Assistant Professor and Dr. Robert Watson is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. Their joint lab investigates innate immune regulation during bacterial infection. They talk about gasdermin D and cell death in tuberculosis, and how running a lab together helps them prioritize mentorship.

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The Immunology Science Round Up

Black Death and Immune Evolution – Researchers identified loci associated with Black Death survival that are also associated with increased susceptibility to autoimmune diseases.

How a Pathogen Inhibits Pyroptosis – A phosphatase secreted by Mycobacterium tuberculosis suppresses pyroptosis by hijacking ubiquitin.

B Cell Antigen Receptor Structure – Scientists report the cryogenic electron microscopy structure of the mouse B cell antigen receptor assembly.

How Pain Protects the Gut – Pain receptors regulate gut microbiota and protect tissues from inflammation.

Image courtesy of Drs. Kristin Patrick and Robert Watson