Dr. Philips is a 2021 fellow for the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation in recognition of original, creative and independent investigations in the clinical or allied sciences of medicine.
Her lab focuses on how Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), one of the world’s most deadly infections, undermines host immune functions. Her laboratory is identifying and characterizing host-pathogen interactions that provide insight into how Mtb alters cellular trafficking, antigen presentation, and cytokine responses of macrophages and dendritic cells. The lab’s goal is to elucidate the mechanisms of immune invasion by Mtb. In doing so, their hope is to make fundamental observations that enable better therapeutics and vaccines for one of humankind’s greatest afflictions.