Dia Beachboard, Ph.D.
Expertise: Virology, Innate Immunity, Molecular Biology, Microbiology
Dr. Beachboard's first research experience was as an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee working in Dr. Pamela Small's lab. In the Small Lab, Dr. Beachboard was looking for the environmental reservoir for Mycobacterium ulcerans the causative agent of Buruli ulcer. This experience led her to graduate school at Vanderbilt University where she switched to studying viruses. Dr. Beachboard did her graduate work in the lab of Mark Denison, where she study how coronaviruses manipulate host membranes to form their replication factories. From there, Dr. Beachboard wanted to expand her interest in host-pathogen interactions to look at the immune response to viruses. This led her to a postdoc at Duke University in the lab of Stacy Horner. During her postdoc, Dr. Beachbaord studied how immune response is regulated during antiviral innate immunity.