During my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I was fortunate to work with Professor Joseph DeSimone in the chemistry department. My projects focused on utilizing Prof. DeSimone’s unique polymeric nanoparticle fabrication platform, PRINT (Particle Replication in Non-wetting Templates), to develop magnetically targeted nanoparticles for drug delivery and a dengue virus vaccine. I joined the Duke University MD/PhD program in 2013 and the laboratory of Professor Douglas Marchuk in 2016. My project focuses on applying the tools of molecular genetics to further our understanding of cerebral cavernous malformations. More specifically, I am interested in developing genetically engineered mouse models to study the development of these vascular lesions, the role of the immune system, and potential therapeutic targets.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family, eating out in Durham, traveling, and rooting for the Tar Heels on every occasion possible.