Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Bachelor of Arts in English
from the University of Florida
Dissertation Project: Immunopathology of ANCA-mediated Kidney Disease
As an undergraduate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Florida I investigated the potential to stimulate progenitor cells in non-neurogenic regions of the adult brain to generate neurons for the potential repair of diseased regions. I also collaborated with the International Center for Lightning Control and Research and lead research on a geophysics project studying oxide reduction during triggered lightning fulgurite formation and its application to the formation of the early solar system.
Previously, as a graduate student in Kristina Abel's laboratory in the Microbiology and Immunology Department I was involved in studying the interactions between host immune factors and HIV in the oral mucosa.
Presently I am in Dr. Ron Falk's laboratory in the Department of Pathology, studying the immunopathogenesis of virus-kidney interactions as well as the role of T cells in patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA) disease.