Research Interests: Gene Therapy, Genome Editing, Inborn Errors of Metabolism
I grew up in Rock Hill, SC and attended Clemson University for undergrad. I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Biochemistry & Genetics. During my time there, I joined the labs of Dr. Kerry Smith and Dr. Cheryl Ingram-Smith. My research focused on the role of acetate metabolism and post-translational modifications in microbial pathogenesis. This experience sparked my interest in science and was a major factor in my decision to come to grad school.
I entered Duke through the CMB program which allowed me the flexibility to explore many areas of research before I decided on a lab. I joined Dr. Dwight Koeberl’s lab and my project aims to develop new gene therapies and genome editing techniques to treat glycogen storage diseases. I do this using adeno-associated virus as a vector to deliver therapeutic genes and genome editing tools to affected tissues.
Outside of lab I enjoy running, golf, playing soccer, Netflix, going to concerts, fantasy football, and exploring the triangle’s food scene. I also make every effort I can to attend/watch every Clemson football and Duke basketball game.