Patricia Castillo, PhD

Why did you choose the University of Pittsburgh?

The university has a strong Immunology program with quality researchers in my area of interest. The student community promoted a welcoming and collaborative environment. The city itself was also very livable on a graduate student salary.

Upon her graduation, Patricia returned to Medical School.

Doctoral Dissertation

Disruption of Intestinal Th17 Signaling & the Microbiome Exacerbates Extra-Intestinal Pathologies

Education & Training

  • PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • BS in Biological Sciences, University of Maryland, 2012

Research Interests

Immunology; Autoimmunity; Mucosal Biology


Eddens T, Elsegeiny W, Garcia-Hernandez ML, Castillo P, Trevejo-Nunez G, Serody K, Campfield BT, Khader SA, Chen K, Rangel-Moreno J and Kolls JK. 2017. Pneumocystis-Driven Inducible Bronchus-Associated Lymphoid Tissue Formation Requires Th2 and Th17 Immunity. Cell Rep. 18: 3078-3090.

Castillo P and Kolls JK. 2016. IL-10: A Paradigm for Counterregulatory Cytokines. J Immunol. 197: 1529-1530.

Castillo P, Kumar P and Kolls JK. 2016. Dysregulation of intestinal IL17 signaling & the microbiome exacerbate autoimmune neuroinflammation. J Immunol. 196: 118.4.

Kumar P, Monin L, Castillo P, Elsegeiny W, Horne W, Eddens T, Vikram A, Good M, Schoenborn AA, Bibby K, Montelaro RC, Metzger DW, Gulati AS and Kolls JK. 2016. Intestinal Interleukin-17 Receptor Signaling Mediates Reciprocal Control of the Gut Microbiota and Autoimmune Inflammation. Immunity. 44: 659-671.

Lammers KM, Castillo P, Martinez Becerra MJ, Choudhary S, Santora D andFasano A. 2013. Sa1837 Neutrophil Function in Celiac Disease. Gastroenterology. 144: S-317.