UCHealth Infectious Disease Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus1635 Aurora Ct 7th Floor, Aurora, CO 80045
Clinical Interest for Patients
My clinical interests include general infectious diseases, HIV care and infections of the nervous system. I also participate in a multidisciplinary program with the Department of Neurology in the field of Neurological Infections and Neuroinflammatory diseases.
I strive to provide individualized care for each patient that addresses the needs of the underlying disease or infection and also supports the patient and their unique life.
- Internal Medicine ( 2004 , 2014 )
- Infectious Disease ( 2007 , 2016 )
Conditions & Treatments
Bacterial, Fungal, Influenza, Pneumonia, Viral
AIDS, AIDS / HIV Disease
Brain and Nervous System
Brain Abscess, Meningitis
Education & Training
MD, Baylor College of Medicine (2001)
BA, Baylor University (TX) (1997)
Baylor College of Medicine Program (2002)
Baylor College of Medicine Program (2004)
University of Colorado (2007)
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
American College of Physicians (ACP), Fellow
American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Member
American Society for Virology (ASV), Member
Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), Fellow
Research & Grants
Mechanism of Alpha-synuclein dependent restriction of viral infection (2020)
Development of a vaccination platform for emerging flavivirus infections. (2021)
Determining the Mechanism of alpha-synuclein dependent innate immune responses in the brain (2022)
Research Interests for Patients
Our laboratory investigates how viruses interact with the host immune system in the periphery and in the brain. We work to identify these mechanisms and design novel drug therapies or vaccines to treat or prevent viral infections in the nervous system. Our current work has also led us to investigate how inflammation may trigger events related to the development of Parkinson's disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.
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Clinical Interests for Referring Providers
My clinical interests include general infectious diseases, HIV, and infections of the central nervous system. We have also developed a multidisciplinary clinical program with Neurology to provide specialized care for patients with neurological infections and inflammatory diseases of the nervous system.
Research Interest for Referring Providers
Our laboratory studies the basic interactions between RNA virus infections and host immune responses. Our current research in the laboratory studies viral RNA structures in a group of viruses called flaviviruses in an effort to develop attenuated vaccine candidates. In a second project in the lab, we study the innate immune responses that contribute to neurodegenerative diseases. We are defining the mechanisms by which alpha-synuclein, a protein that causes Parkinson's disease, is involved in innate immune responses in neurons. In a third set of experiments, we are studying the immune responses to SARS-CoV2 in neurons and the peripheral immune responses that may contribute to brain dysfunction seen in cases of COVID19.