Valeria Reyes Ruiz, Ph.D.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and received my Bachelors degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. I then moved to the University of Pennsylvania to continue my graduate studies. My thesis work in Dr. Sunny Shin's laboratory focused on human-specific inflammasome responses against Salmonella infection. I joined the Skaar Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in August 2019 studying host-pathogen interactions in the context of Staphylococcus aureus infection.
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My main project focuses on defining S. aureus regulatory systems that respond to environmental stresses during infection. Although once considered to be a predominantly extracellular pathogen, a growing body of literature describes an important intracellular macrophage reservoir of S. aureus that is poorly accessed by antibiotics and facilitates survival within the host. I seek to understand the interaction of intracellular S. aureus with macrophages as it could provide insight into the development of therapeutics to treat this bacterial reservoir.
Academic Pathways Fellow
HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow
BWF PDEP Fellow