I attended Hanover College in Indiana where I double majored in Biology and Chemistry. I spent the summer after my sophomore year as an NSF-REU student at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the lab of Dr. Merriman studying fibrosis in neural tissue. My next summer I worked with Dr. Egawa at Washington University in Saint Louis. With Dr. Egawa I worked to characterize a promoter on the Cd4 gene of T cells.
After graduation from Hanover I joined the MD-PhD program at the University of Kentucky.
The interplay between the immune system and the development of cardiovascular disease has been well established and our understanding of this connection continues to grow. My curiosity of how the immune system alters disease positions me at the nexus of these fields with significant translational impact. My current project has the potential to improve patient care through the discovery of novel immune biomarkers capable of predicting disease outcomes. Through this research, I will develop tools to identify patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease progression and explore novel strategies to modulate the immune system to improve clinical outcomes.
TL-1 Grant from University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Henson D., Chou C., Sakurai N., Egawa T. A Silencer-Proximal Intronic Region Is Required for Sustained CD4 Expression in Postselection Thymocytes. Journal of Immunology 192 4620-7. May, 2014.
Huaman M., Henson D., Ticona E., Sterling T., Garvy B. Tuberculosis and Cardiovascular Disease: Linking the Epidemics. Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 1:10. October, 2015.
Huaman M., Kryscio R., Fichtenbaum C., Henson D., Salt E., Garvy B. Tuberculosis and risk of Myocardial Infarction: a Propensity Score-Matched Analysis. Epidemiology and Infection 145:7 1363-1367. May, 2017
Huaman M., Ticona E., Miranda G., Kryscio R., Mugruza R. Aranda E. Rondan P. Henson D., Ticona C. Sterling T. Fichtenbaum C., Garvy B. The Relationship between Latent Tuberculosis Infection and Acute Myocardial Infarction. Clinical Infectious Disease. In revision.