BSc. Florida International University, Immunology
PhD. University of Rochester, Immunology and Immunogenetics
Dr Goyos’s long-term research interests are in understanding how cells of the vertebrate immune system recognize and discriminate somatic cells. She received her PhD at the University of Rochester where she investigated the role of nonclassical MHC class I molecules in both anti-tumor immune responses and the early development of T cells. She took advantage of an established amphibian model system, comprised of the Xenopodinae subfamily of polyploid frogs, to address these questions from an evolutionary and comparative point of view. Dr Goyos joined the Parham Lab in 2010 and is currently investigating the immune functions and evolution of a unique MHC class I gene lineage, MHC-AL, which has undergone different evolutionary fates in humans, chimpanzees and other primates.