Clare Hinkley, a native Texan, has been fascinated with science from a young age. During her undergraduate career, she became interested in answering scientific questions by research and went on to receive a BS in Microbiology from Texas A&M University.
Clare is studying the effects of vitamin A metabolism and transport in the intestinal epithelium and how this affects innate and adaptive immune responses in the gut. She hopes that understanding these mechanisms will allow more insight on how the intestine controls and corrals its large bacterial populations.
“What really drew me to UT Southwestern was the outstanding faculty and the many diverse research interests the labs at UT Southwestern are pursuing,” Clare said. “Sometimes research projects take you in unexpected directions, and it’s wonderful to get advice and set-up collaborations with professors in different departments to really push your project forward.”
Immunology Graduate Program
Mentor: Lora Hooper, Ph.D.