Medical School: UNC
Graduate School: UNC, NIH, Cambridge
Casey is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for college where she majored in Biology and Psychology and minored in Chemistry. She was accepted into the MD/PhD program at UNC with Stem Cell biology as her field of study. She completed her PhD training through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cambridge Scholars program at the NIH and the University of Cambridge. Her thesis focused on characterizing adult stem cells from human biliary tissues. Following her PhD work, she pursued post-doctoral research training at the NIH focused on disease outcome measures in large vessel vasculitis where she became interested in clinical and translational sciences in addition to more lab focused research. Her long-term goal is to become a rheumatologist with a translational research program, following patients with autoimmune diseases in order to understand clinical predictors of disease severity and treatment response. In recognition of her outstanding academic performance, Casey was inducted into the AOA Honor Society. Casey has also been actively involved in volunteer work, serving as the Program Founder for Healing Friends, a program aimed at providing individualized support to pediatric patients admitted to the hospital, as well as a frequent volunteer for the student clinic. Casey is a competitive soccer player and played at Trinity College at the University of Cambridge while completing her PhD and continued to play with the Rainbow Adult Soccer Club in Chapel Hill. She also enjoys indoor rock climbing, crocheting, and international travel.