I am a NC native, born and raised outside of Charlotte, NC. I received my BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994, and my MS in Physiology in 1997. As an undergraduate, I was an epee’ fencer on the UNC Varsity Fencing Team. After graduation, I worked with Michael Greenberg at Duke and then Jeff Safrit and Mark Feinberg at Emory University studying HIV, SIV, and the role of the innate immune system in tolerance of SIV in natural hosts. After seven years in Atlanta, I found my way back to NC working first on fusion inhibitors of HIV at Trimeris, and then on novel cancer therapeutics at b3 bio, inc. I joined the Luftig lab in September 2013.
In my free time, I am the Vice-President of the board of an international charity, CHERUBS, which provides research, awareness, and support for a severe birth defect, CDH. I also enjoy cooking, reading, and keeping active spending time with my family. My favorite city is San Francisco, and my favorite vacation spot is Maui.