Associate Professor-Biological Science
Affiliated Department or Office
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
BA Smith College 2001
PhD University of California, San Diego 2008
Expert Bio

Much of Professor Shell's research centers around tuberculosis. She studies the stress response mechanisms that allow mycobacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis to survive the conditions encountered during human infection. Her lab approaches this problem from multiple angles, using M. tuberculosis and its avirulent relative M. smegmatis to interrogate the fundamental biology of gene regulation and stress responses, including the mechanisms that underlie survival of antibiotics. A long-term goal for her lab is to produce a knowledge base that will inform efforts to design more effective diagnostics, drugs, and regimens.

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