Laura Hesse

Graduate Student
Microbe-Host Interactions Graduate Program
Wonder Drake Lab
1161 21st Ave South
Room / Suite
A2310 MCN
Nashville
Tennessee
37232
615-343-8492

I am from Southern Indiana and earned my BS in Microbiology from Michigan State University in 2017. During my time at MSU, I developed a deep appreciation for bacterial physiology and Big Ten football.

Research Information

Bacterial pneumonia is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. However, much is unknown about how bacterial pathogens arrive in the lung to establish infection and cause disease. There is increasing evidence for a gut-lung axis in which microbial and immune products originating in the gut impact lung physiology. My research in the Drake Lab is focused on exploring the ability of gut microbiome to impact the initiation and progression of bacterial pneumonia.

Publications on PubMed.gov