Blake Heath

Immunology Program Graduate Student Candidate

Biography

Blake graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Prior to graduate school, he held research positions at UT Southwestern, as a Research Technician in the Department of Pharmacology, and at Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children's Hospital as a Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Student.

Research Interests

My research project is to examine how type I interferon signaling modulates the immunogenicity of head & neck (oral) cancer. I am interested in the understanding the mechanisms by which the type I interferon pathway is regulated, specifically focusing on the roles of NLR (nucleotide-binding domain and leucine rich repeat) proteins. I am additionally interested in understanding the molecular machinery cancer cells employ to develop resistance to immunogenic chemoradiotherapy.

Awards

Rackham Merit Fellowship (2015)

Benard Maas Fellowship (2015)

Abstracts

Heath, Blake. "NLRC3 Antagonizes STING-mediated Interferon Induction in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma." Rogel Cancer Center Spring Symposium, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI. June 14, 2018.

Heath, Blake. "NLRC3 Antagonizes STING-mediated Interferon Induction in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma." University of Michigan School of Dentistry Research Day, Ann Arbor, MI. February 22, 2018

Immunology Mentor