Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Meghan Koch studies how maternal-derived signals shape infant development, immunity and metabolism. Breast milk transfers nutrients and specialized immune proteins, such as antibodies, to infants. These antibodies help protect infants from infection. They also influence the infant gut microbiome, the microbes that colonize the intestines. The microbiome is key to health, and perturbations in the microbiome of infants can have long-term effects on infant growth and immune responses later in life, including risk of allergy and asthma. Dr. Koch studies how an infant’s developing immune system “makes peace” with these microbes, and how maternal antibodies shape this process. She also examines the long-term consequences of changes in these early maternal-infant interactions.
University of Washington, 2010, PhD (Immunology)
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004, BS (Cell & Developmental Biology)