Dr. Newman performed his doctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. Greg Barton in the Molecular And Cell Biology department at UC Berkeley. His research focused on characterizing a novel potential regulatory mechanism of nucleic acid sensing Toll‑Like Receptors, with a focus on the potential role played in autoimmune diseases such as lupus. As part of his research, he employed a variety of cutting‑edge techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, 4sU RNA labeling, and ribosome profiling. His work in graduate school resulted in authorship on peer-reviewed articles in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Immunology, and eLife.
Prior to graduate school, Dr. Newman was a staff research associate at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Cox where he helped establish a novel system to explore the difficult biology of tuberculosis, specifically large-scale protein pulldowns to generate mass spectrometry interaction maps.