Gillian Hughes

Position title: Graduate Student (MDTP)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Gillian did her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, before moving on to the Salk Institute to study the foraging strategies and stress response of a prey nematode (Caenorhabditis elegans) when in the presence of a predatory nematode (Pristionchus pacificus) that competes for the same food source. She’s currently a PhD student in the MDTP program at UW Madison researching the effects of diet and microbiome on the immune response related to the development and persistence of autoimmune diseases. Outside of the lab, Gillian enjoys yoga, hiking, Italian food, doing puzzles, and playing Zelda.