A native of Portland, Oregon, Ben received his BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Iowa. He is a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences Program at University of California at San Francisco and has joined the Sanjabi lab to conduct his thesis research. He is investigating the role of the immunoregulatory cytokine TGF-beta in the gut, in a) generating antigen-specific memory and b) establishing tolerance to viral infection. He hopes that this work will facilitate more intelligent vaccine design against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-1, which is transmitted across mucosal epithelial barriers.
Cohn B, Manque P, Lara AM, Serrano M, Sheth N and Buck G (2010). Putative cis-regulatory elements associated with heat shock genes activated during excystation of Cryptosporidium parvum. PLoS One 5(3): e9512.