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Ep. 79: “ILC2s, the Microbiome, and Fibroblasts” Featuring Dr. Kellen Cavagnero

By June 4, 2024June 5th, 2024No Comments


Dr. Kellen Cavagnero is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Diego.  His PhD work focused on how fibroblasts — a cell type thought to be immunologically inert — contribute to chronic inflammatory conditions and defense against pathogens. He talks about staph infections, antimicrobial resistance, and the types and roles of fibroblasts. He also discusses his work in science communication, including his podcast, Inflammatory Content.

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Image courtesy of Dr. Kellen Cavagnero

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