I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA!
I worked for Dr. Teresa Bowman at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY), where I studied the role of splicing factors in blood cancers. Previous to that, I received my Masters degree in biology from Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) in the lab of Dr. Stephen Devoto, where I studied the influence of Hedgehog signaling on somite and muscle patterning. As an undergraduate, I double majored in biology and neuroscience and behavior.
I wanted to continue my passion in biology research by moving into more translational work. I chose the Vision Science Group because the program will allow me to expand my skills in conducting basic research, and also design and optimize therapeutics. This group is a mix of students with foundations in different disciplines. By learning from them, I can gain a well rounded perspective and become a better scientist.
I’m fascinated with understanding the genes and signaling pathways that contribute to disease. Upon throwing light on these genes, I hope to move forward by integrating this information with various translational therapies in animal models. I hope to also employ behavioral experiments in my work.
I aim to conduct research with the intent to contribute positively to society. I would love to see successful “bench-to-bedside” results in my lifetime!
When not in the lab, you can find me at the gym, baking (cinnamon rolls or scones, usually), and now exploring more of the East Bay!