Academic Interests: My research focuses on elucidating genetic mechanisms underlying stemness and developing translational models to establish a finer understanding of stem cell-driven regeneration dynamics in homeostasis and injury. Using a combination of genetic mouse models and micro-fabricated bioengineered platforms, we are exploiting the self-renewal capacity and multipotency of ISCs to develop long-term ex vivo models of the intestine and colon with primary tissues. These biomimetic models offer new solutions for compound screening and cell-based therapies.
Education and Training
- Undergraduate Degree: University of California, San Diego, Biochemistry and Chemistry
- PhD: University of North Carolina, Genetics and Molecular Biology
- Post-Doctoral Research: UNC GI Division, Molecular Pathogenesis of Liver Fibrosis
- Post-Doctoral Research: UNC Department of Genetics, Neural Stem Cells