Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) Faculty Candidate Presentation: Jessica Galloway-Pena, PhD

Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) Faculty Candidate Presentation: Jessica Galloway-Pena, PhD

Dr. Galloway-Pena’s research training and expertise is primarily composed of microbiology, molecular genetics, pathogenesis, phylogenetics, and comparative genomic analyses. The majority of her work has incorporated the genetic basis of pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance, and molecular epidemiology of clinically relevant gram-positive pathogens. She has more recently shifted her focus to studying microbiome dynamics during cancer therapy, the epidemiology of infection in immunocompromised patients, and the host microbiome’s impact on patient outcomes. Dr. Galloway-Pena’s most recent work includes characterizing the microbiome, antibiotic administration, and its contribution to toxicities in patients with hematological malignancies, such as infection during leukemia chemotherapy and graft vs. host disease following stem cell transplant. Moreover, she is currently expanding her research to include how the microbiome affects therapeutic response and toxicities during immunotherapy.