Prof. Jonathan Little
UBC USRA, NSERC USRA, Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarship, NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters, NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral
Helena completed her BHK (2018) and MSC (2020) at UBC Okanagan, and has been working in Dr. Little’s lab since 2015. Outside of academia she enjoys swimming, skiing, hiking, and cycling.
Helena is interested in understanding the ability of ketone bodies, typically generated by means of a low-carbohydrate high-fat ketogenic diet, to act as signaling metabolites within the immune system. Specifically, Helena is investigating the direct effects of ketones on both innate and adaptive immune function and defense in the context of type 2 diabetes.