My goal is to establish and lead an independent academic lab that strives to understand the interrelationship between diet and microbiota and their collective effects on the host, and to apply my scientific discovery to guide effective nutritional interventions that can treat and prevent diseases in human and animals. This goal was originally driven by challenges that arose during my years managing clinical cases as a veterinarian. My initial exposure to research during a large animal medicine residency then sparked my desire to pivot towards basic science research. During my thesis and initial postdoctoral experiences, I have built a strong foundation in mucosal immunology as demonstrated by first-author publications in Nature, Nature Communications, and Mucosal Immunology.