I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. While at Rhodes, I did research in Dr. Mary Miller’s lab for three years. In Mary’s lab, I focused on Characterization of the Mis-localized G1 Cyclin CLN3 in budding yeast. This research culminated in an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a publication in Yeast, and the 2005 Award for Outstanding Research in Biology. In my spare time, I was also vice president of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, editor of the Rhodes Journal of Biological Science, and student chair of the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium. I graduated from Rhodes in 2005.
In the fall of 2005, I enrolled in the Cancer Biology PhD program at Stanford University. In Dr. Paul Khavari’s lab, I employed a human tissue model system to explore scaffold-mediated signaling in the RAS/MAPK pathway. This work was recently published in Nature Medicine and described a novel therapeutic strategy employing conserved scaffold domains. Further, I co-authored a successful grant to fund preclinical drug development of the novel, deliverable, and cell and tissue penetrating therapeutic, which allowed us to characterize it in detail in pancreatic cancer mouse models. Based on this work, I was selected to attend the week-long Merck Serono Innovation Cup in Germany where I joined the Oncology team tasked with developing a novel research platform for the drug company. I graduated from Stanford in 2011.
I am currently completing a postdoctoral research fellowship in Cancer Biology in the labs of Dr. Vito Quaranta and Dr. Tom Yankeelov at Vanderbilt University. Our work focuses on characterization of tumor heterogeneity and cancer signal transduction via systems biology and biomedical imaging. I was recently appointed to the Integrated Biological Systems Training in Oncology (IBSTO) T32 training grant. In my spare time, I mentor undergraduate students through the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy as well as serve on the Career Symposium Planning Committee and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association.
I have 10+ years experience in Cancer Biology research, including direct experimentation as well as supervising research teams. I also have excellent written and oral communication skills as demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications, invited oral presentations, and mentoring experiences. Additionally, I have extensive small animal handling and mammalian cell culture skills to contribute to cancer modeling studies. I am always interested in exploring new collaborations.