My science

For over ten years, I have devoted my research to understanding our inborn immune responses known collectively as innate immunity. This defense system is critical for detecting an infection and subsequently instructing more specific ‘memory’ responses that provide immunity against infectious disease.

Once I joined the Monack Lab I became interested in a medical condition known as sepsis, an uncontrolled, and often deadly, immune response against infection. Recent research suggests that innate immune responses directly contribute to the progression of sepsis. Therefore, to better understand the mechanisms controlling sepsis, I am conduction High-throughput chemical and genetic screens probing these immune response pathways. From this work I hope to identify new drugs and/or drug targets for therapeutic applications.


Sky has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley where he was introduced to innate immunity by training with Russell Vance. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in the laboratory of Jonathan Kagan at Harvard University.

You can contact Sky at skyb@stanford.edu or through his LinkedIn profile.