Dr. Garsin is an associate professor in the Medical School Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Garsin came to UTHealth as an assistant professor in 2004 following a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Harvard University and her B.S. in Biological Sciences at Cornell University.
Dr. Garsin studies the biology and pathogenesis of Enterococcus faecalis and the immune response it elicits in the model host Caenorhabditis elegans. One NIH-funded research focus is on the post-initiation mechanisms of gene regulation in E. faecalis. Another is on the biology of reactive oxygen species in the immune response of C. elegans.
Dr. Garsin has received many commendations for excellence in research and education. In 2004, she received an Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar Award in Global Infectious Disease and was a finalist in 2008 for Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease. Also in 2008, she was awarded a UT Young Investigator award. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and 2012. Dr. Garsin is currently an associate editor of PLoS Genetics and a permanent member of the Prokaryotic Cell and Molecular Biology (PCMB) NIH review group.