One of my favorite aspects of being a professor at Regis is the ability to develop a relationship with students during their tenure in pharmacy school. I particularly enjoy mentoring students in my laboratory, where my research interests focus on how adults with Down syndrome (Trisomy 21; T21) respond to infectious diseases and whether they are appropriately protected from specific diseases through immunization. Until relatively recently, individuals with T21 were not expected to live past their 20s and little research was conducted as to their immune function. However, in the past 30 years there has been a rapid increase in lifespan of people with T21 creating a critical gap in our understanding of immunity in these adults. I try to instill in my students the understanding that good science must not be conducted in silos, and for this reason my lab collaborates heavily with those at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. 

Additionally, students in my lab are encouraged to present their research at both local and national meetings. I am also particularly passionate about educating our students to not only be skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists, but to also become active in the policies and regulations that may affect healthcare and their career. To this end I participate in Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition, Colorado Parents for Vaccinated Communities and work with the American Association of Immunologists to educate and lobby legislators to increase funding for scientific research and create policies based upon the scientific evidence.

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