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Kristin Melli
Kristin Melli

Staff Research Associate II

HSE520, Box 0780
513 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143-0780

Kristin began working for Dr. Tang in 2006 in the Diabetes Center where she assisted studies looking at the effects of regulatory T cells in Type 1 diabetes disease progression. Currently, as a member of the transplant research laboratory, Kristin is studying the interaction between islet-resident dendritic cells and regulatory T cells and what role they play in initiating, amplifying or suppressing the immune response during diabetes onset. Previously she had worked in Dr. Robert Modlin's lab at UCLA under Dr. Stephan Krutzik studying the role of Toll-like receptors in dendritic cell differentiation in a leprosy model. Graduating with a B.S. in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics from UCLA, Kristin also spent one year studying biology at Universite Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. In between graduation and her start with Dr. Tang, Kristin worked on various public health and microenterprise projects in Africa, including a six-month stint with Mercy Ships, a hospital ship providing free health care to West Africa.