Sirena C. Tran

MHI Vice President
Microbe-Host Interactions Graduate Program

Before coming to Vanderbilt, I got my B.A. in Biochemistry at the University of San Diego. I worked in Dr. Ellis Bell's lab for 3 years during undergrad focusing on the effects of nucleotides on the conformational flexibility and stability of glutamate dehydrogenase. I joined the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program right after undergrad in 2018. Outside of lab, I like to go hiking and to explore Nashville.

Research Information

Our lab focus is on Helicobacter pylori. The two questions that I'm currently trying to ask are: (1) Does H. pylori obtain nutrients from the host cell? If so, how and what types of nutrients? (2) Does H. pylori directly interact with the host cell using the Cag Type IV secretion system? If so, how and which components of the system?