In early 2016, I completed my PhD at the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Shannon M. Wallet. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011 under the mentorship of Dr. Eric Gaucher.
I am fundamentally interested in understanding the dialogue that occurs between a host and its environment. Particularly, my interest is piqued by the role that intestinal epithelium play in directing systemic immune responses and by the rules and conditions under which environmental sensing mechanisms of the intestine may go awry. My long term goal is to conduct research in intestinal immunobiology and to investigate how the intestinal interface may direct development of so-called diseases of civilization – specifically that of autoimmunity.
I have a multidisciplinary background spanning prebiotic chemistry and astrobiology, synthetic biology and molecular evolution, as well as the study of human inflammatory diseases within an evolutionary context. While at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I participated in several concurrently running research projects and was also involved in several team-based research programs including my membership at the Mars Desert Research Station (Crew 101) and the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition. I performed undergraduate research in the labs of Dr. Nicholas Hud and Dr. Eric Gaucher.