Department of Infectious Diseases
Graduate Student, Rada Lab

Kayla Fantone is originally from Connecticut and completed her undergraduate degree at Clarkson University in New York. During her undergraduate career, Fantone was trained at the Trudeau Institute working with Borrelia burgdorferi to understand the spread of Lyme disease in colder, northern areas. She continued her education by completing a master’s degree in molecular biology at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science where she investigated inflammation signaling by francisella tularensis. Fantone’s previous work has led to UGA in the Department of Infectious Diseases where she has joined Dr. Balazs Rada’s lab.  During her PhD, she will investigate the mechanism of lung disease in cystic fibrosis airways caused by neutrophil NET release.

Research Interests

  • immunology
  • bacterial pathogenesis
  • host-pathogen interactions

Educational Background

MS, Molecular Biosciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2018)
BS, Biology, Clarkson University (2016)

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