Previous education and work history: In 2015 I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology at Baylor
University in Waco, TX. From there I matriculated into the University of North Texas Health Science Center in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). It was during my first and second years of medical school that I became interested in pursuing a PhD in physiology. I began working in Dr. Goulopoulou’s lab in the summer of 2016, where I studied the effects of a dietary antioxidant (L-sulforphane) on mesenteric arterial function.
Current research interests and career goals: My dissertation is focused on the contribution of cell free DNA to the vascular dysfunction present in pregnancy complications. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been noted to be increased in pregnant women suffering from preeclampsia. mtDNA is an immunostimulatory molecule, and our lab has previously demonstrated that pregnant rats given a mtDNA mimetic express preeclampsia-like features; however, its source and function in human pregnancy is currently unknown. My project consists of approximately three parts: 1) two observational studies in human pregnancy to more precisely measure mtDNA in blood, 2) in vitro and ex vivo experiments to determine the source and cause of mtDNA release, and 3) determine the effect of in vivo administered mtDNA on coronary arteries of pregnant rats. After completion of my dissertation, I will return to medical school to finish my clinical education. After graduation, I plan to continue my career at a research focused residency program in interventional radiology, where I intend to pivot my extensive basic science training to more clinical or translational research interests to align with my clinical practice of medicine.
Hobbies: Rock climbing, finding new coffee shops, going to museums to pretend to understand art, and arguing with my closest friends