Hello, my name is Kody Waldstein, and I am a PhD student in immunology and a native Iowan. I am honored to serve as the at-large GPSG delegate for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am also currently serving the University of Iowa student body as the Graduate Student Senate President and Graduate Council Biological and Medical Sciences Representative, among other various roles.
I graduated with a degree in Genetics from Iowa State University in 2012, and after serving in the US Navy and working in the vaccine industry, I began my PhD studies here at Iowa in 2017. My research revolves around the immune response to respiratory viruses, specifically Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV. My overall goal is to understand how genetic variation in viral proteins modulates early danger and inflammatory signals in infants and leads to severe disease. We hope that by understanding these mechanisms we can not only develop better therapeutic targets, but also forecast upcoming RSV season severity to better prepare clinicians, parents, and children.
When I’m not in the lab, I am spending time with my wife, Athena, and “wolfpack” pups: Bodhi, Loki, and Odin. You can always find us outside going on adventures, hiking and backpacking, mountain biking, riding motorcycles, or enjoying a good cup of coffee.