Nicole Scharping is a graduate student in the University of Pittsburgh Immunology Graduate Program, who joined the lab in 2015. She received her BS from the University of Washington. Prior to graduate school, she found her interest in immunology working at Seattle Children's Research Institute in David Rawlings' lab studying B cells and autoimmunity.
Nicole's project centers on the metabolic defects of tumor-infiltrating cytotoxic T cells, uncovering the basic processes that underlie T cell exhaustion. She is interested in understanding both the upstream signaling to initiate T cell metabolic dysfunction, as well as the downstream consequences to T cell functionality.