Phil graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. As an undergraduate, he completed research under Dr. Stephen Tonsor on the mechanisms of adaptation across the climate range of Arabidopsis thaliana. He also received the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh to research the role of extracellular calcium in the fertilization of Xenopus laevis with Dr. Anne Carlson. In addition, he has spent time completing research at an agricultural field station on novel methods of pest and disease control through a cooperation between Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University.
Phil first became interested in autoimmunity during his summer internship with Dr. Susan Manzi at the Lupus Center of Excellence at Allegheny Health Network. His project focused on cell-bound complement activation products as a diagnostic biomarker for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. He joined Dr. Mariana Kaplan’s lab at NIH in 2016, and has since been researching the role of the innate immune system in the development of atherosclerosis in the context of autoimmunity.