Dr Elizabeth Chan
Elizabeth is a postdoctoral research associate with the Heyderman group, studying factors that promote carriage, transmission and disease by Streptococcal species. Since carriage frequently precedes and accompanies streptococcal invasive disease, a better understanding of carriage and transmission would hopefully lead to new therapeutics. Elizabeth’s PhD work with the Dillard lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison focused on the interspecies variation in inflammatory peptidoglycan fragment release by the human restricted pathogens Neisseria gonorrhoeae and N. meningitidis and related non-pathogenic Neisseria. Her undergraduate research project in the Kearns lab at Indiana University Bloomington was on Bacillus subtilis flagellar stator proteins. Elizabeth’s long-term research goal is to identify and understand factors that allow typically non-pathogenic bacteria, such as S. pneumoniae and N. meningitidis, to transition to a pathogenic lifestyle.