Research interests in the Bowdish Lab include:
1) Understanding how macrophage phagocytosis changes with age and during acute and chronic inflammation, particularly in response to the pulmonary pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae;
2) Determining how age-associated inflammation changes monocyte and macrophage development and function and increases susceptibility to infection;
3) Elucidating how age-associated inflammation changes immune function and alters the aging trajectory; and
4) Understanding how the microbiota contributes to healthy or unhealthy aging and how microbiome-host interactions can be harnessed to prevent infections.