Biography

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I am currently a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Charles Chiu in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The Chiu Lab aims to use next-generation sequencing tools to discover novel and emerging pathogens, diagnose human infections, and identify clinical markers of infection and pathogenesis.

I received a PhD in Infectious Diseases & Immunity at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health. I worked in Dr. Eva Harris's laboratory, researching the pathogenesis of dengue virus, the most prevalent mosquito-transmitted virus worldwide. As a doctoral student, I drove successful research projects and learned to work efficiently and communicate effectively with others. I also gained valuable experience mentoring junior scientists, teaching undergraduates, conducting scientific outreach with elementary and high school students, and engaging with the infectious disease community and beyond on social media platforms such as Twitter. Over the past decade studying biology, I have come to understand that life’s meaning can be derived from a wide variety of experiences, and I hope to continue exploring these opportunities throughout my postdoc and career.

Prior to enrolling at Cal, I was an ORISE fellow at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research, investigating adventitious agents in vaccine products with the Division of Viral Product's Laboratory of Retroviral Research in the Office of Vaccine Research & Review.

I earned my B.S. in Biology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, completing an honors thesis titled "The Optimization of Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis for Use with Profiling the Freshwater Viral Community," and my M.S. in Biohazardous Threat Agents & Emerging Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University.

Away from the bench, I am a competitive rock climber, musician, surfer, hockey player, proud librarian husband, and new father.