About Me

I’m a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine working on my PhD in Molecular Medicine. I’m in the Cancer Biology track, and working in a lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

My thesis research is investigating the role of microRNA-140 in regulation of stromal cell homeostasis in the mammary microenvironment. While miR-140 is a well-characterized regulator of cancer stem cell signaling in breast cancer, working under the guidance of Dr. Qun Zhou, I am investigating how differential miR-140 expression regulates differentiation of stromal cells. So far, we have shown that miR-140 is necessary for white adipogenesis, and inhibition of miR-140 in obesity promotes mammary myofibroblast differentiation.

Outside of the lab, I’m interested in how policy regulates science and how science influences and informs policy. I’m an avid reader, news/podcast junky and interested in creating a better world both with science and without.