I am currently a K99/R00 Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Edward Morrisey at the University of Pennsylvania. I am fascinated by endothelial cell biology in the lung. How do endothelial cells communicate with other cells in the alveolus, the structural unit of gas exchange in the lung, to facilitate morphogenesis of complex three-dimensional structures during development and regeneration?
My future research will focus on this question using advanced transcriptomics, imaging, mouse genetics, and human ex vivo tissue culture to interrogate cell-cell communication, developmental morphogenesis, and regenerative biology in the lung.
I am driven by the desire to pursue deeper scientific knowledge and use it to improve treatments for human disease, but also by the goal of making these pursuits more accessible to groups who have been historically excluded from biomedical science. By creating an environment that is collaborative, welcoming, and inclusive to all, I believe we will do better science, have more fun, and have a greater positive impact on human health.