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Associate Professor of Medicine, Cell Biology, and Biomedical Engineering

Areas of Interest

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 University of California, San Diego
  • PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Post-Doctoral Research UNC GI Division, Molecular Pathogenesis of Liver Fibrosis
  • Post-Doctoral Research UNC Department of Genetics, Neural Stem Cells