Timothy Erick is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry at Brown University. He completed his undergraduate training at Stony Brook University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. He is currently performing thesis research on the development and function of the natural killer cell populations of the murine salivary gland and lacrimal gland. His main research interest is how the immune system responds to viruses, and how viruses in turn evade immune defenses to establish a productive infection.