Djalma de Souza Lima-Junior, Ph.D.

Title
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department
Mucosal Immunology Section
Institution
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, NIH
Address
4 Memorial Drive
BG 4 RM 243
City, State, Zip
Bethesda, MD 20814
Country
United States
Phone
(301) 451-8686
E-mail
djalmajunior[at]usp.br
Website
https://www.niaid.nih.gov/research/yasmine-belkaid-phd
Research Field
Immunology
Award Year
2017
Country Of Origin
Brazil
Mentor Name
Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.

Research

The Belkaid lab studies the link between obesity and diseases of the skin. The metabolic changes that accompany obesity affect more than just body fat: They alter the immune system, the composition of the microbial community found in the gut, and even the development of certain skin conditions, including dermatitis and psoriasis. Using a sophisticated array of microbiological, immunological, molecular genetic, and sequencing techniques, I will determine whether obesity also alters the makeup of the microbes that inhabit the skin—and whether this change affects the skin’s susceptibility to infection or inflammation. These findings could reveal a novel approach to the treatment of skin conditions, particularly in individuals who are also affected by obesity.