I am a molecular virologist in the lab of Dr. Charles Chiu at UCSF's Department of Laboratory Medicine working on the discovery and diagnosis of novel and emerging tick-borne pathogens and identification of transcriptional signals of dengue virus pathogenesis. I earned my PhD in Infectious Diseases & Immunity at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where I studied the pathogenesis of dengue and related flaviviruses. I also hold an M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Biology from the College of William & Mary.
My career studying and working in the biological sciences has equipped me with a broad toolkit that includes virology, molecular biology, immunology, and endothelial biology techniques, including both in vitro and in vivo models. I aim to approach infectious disease research with an interdisciplinary mindset, a global focus, and a collaborative spirit, and I believe that solving global health issues requires more than just molecular biology protocols.
I am primarily interested in the pathogenesis of viral diseases, specifically those that affect the vascular endothelium. I am also fascinated by the ecology, evolution, and emergence of infectious diseases and One Health approaches to infectious disease science. And I maintain a keen interest in public health preparedness & response, bioterrorism, biodefense, and CBRNe policy, mostly influenced by my experiences at Georgetown University.