I was born in Albuquerque, NM and have lived in Texas, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, and now North Carolina. I got my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins in 2015. I did most of my undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff where I studied the effect of decellularized tissues on the immune microenvironment. In Dr. Bursac’s lab, I plan to explore the potential of cardiac tissue patches to repair tissue damage after myocardial infarction. Outside the lab, I love to lift weights and play as many sports as I can. My favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, and whatever team Lebron is on (Yes, I’m pretty much a bandwagon fan).
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I am studying the potential of cardiac patches derived from human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to repair damaged tissue after myocardial infarction.