My primary research interest is utilizing high-throughput techniques and large data sets to understand how gene expression is regulated in mammalian cells.
These days, I’m learning all about canine genetics while working as a Research Scientist at Embark Vet. I’m very excited to use my genomics training to improve dog (and human!) health.
My previous position was as a post-doctoral researcher in John Lis‘s group in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Cornell University. I researched enhancers that are functional during stresses responses and their regulation. I wish optimized an assay for identifying changes in transcription.
Before that, I was a post-doctoral researcher with Tracy Johnson in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at UCLA. There, I researched the interplay between chromatin and co-transcriptional splicing in macrophages.
I received my PhD in the field of Biochemistry, Molecular, & Cellular Biology at Cornell University from work I performed in Andrew Grimson‘s lab. My research included:
- Identifying sequences needed for post-transcriptional gene regulation,
- Characterizing how specific sequences control mRNA fate,
- Understanding how microRNA regulation changes during mammalian development, and
- Discovering the role of a microRNA in the immune system.
I have extensive experience with mammalian tissue culture, molecular biology, analyzing next-generation sequencing data, and using Python and R.