B.A. University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Cyclic di-amp (CDA) has been shown to be an important factor in the virulence of Listeria monocytogenes. However, both low and high concentrations of CDA hinder its virulence. A lot of research has been done on effects of low CDA levels, but very little is known about the regulators and effectors of high amounts of CDA. Kim is curious to know what genes are involved when high levels of CDA is produced and how this in turn affects host-pathogen interactions. Currently, she is studying the effect of various genes on CDA levels.