Dr. King completed his PhD at the University of Rochester in 2008 in the study of neuroimmunological diseases. He then joined the Trudeau Institute in New York as a postdoctoral fellow where his research focused on mechanisms of host defense against intestinal parasite infection. In 2012 he joined the department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Immunology and Canada Research Chair in Barrier Immunity at the MUHC Research Institute and member of the Meakins-Christie Laboratories. The focus of his research program is to understand how immune cells communicate with their local environment to promote protective immune responses relevant to human disease with a particular interest in immunity at barrier sites such as the gut, skin and lung as these tissues face the complex task of maintaining homeostasis while directly interacting with commensal microorganisms and the outside world.