Daniel Laucirica Ph.D.

Ph.D. Candidate

Daniel Laucirica received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2013 from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. After graduating, he worked as a full time research staff member of the Estes Laboratory in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. His work assessed how human milk oligosaccharides modulate infectivity of human rotavirus. He also contributed to studies assessing host glycan recognition among human rotaviruses, seroresponses in rotavirus vaccinated children, and studies of rotavirus infection in human intestinal enteroids. In 2018, Mr. Laucirica joined the Airway Epithelial Research group at Telethon Kids Institute in Perth, Western Australia, as a PhD student supervised by Associate Professor and group head Anthony Kicic, and Dr. Luke Garratt. His project examines coordinated immune responses of the early life CF airway epithelium and recruited neutrophils in response to single and polymicrobial infections. Specifically, he aims to identify infection scenarios and responses that induce functional reprogramming of CF airway neutrophils to an inflammatory phenotype that is linked to CF airway damage.