Andrea Merchak

The Gaultier lab has a focus on the role of the gut microbiome in disorders of the CNS.  My research focuses on the role of T cells in the inflammatory diseases of multiple sclerosis and stress induced depression.  I am focused on how they are primed by the microbiota and other exogenous factors via the aryl hydrocarbon receptor with hopes of garnering a better understanding of how certain individuals may be more susceptible to these disorders.