I am interested in the fidelity of the electrical system and the role of fibroblasts in cardiac regeneration.
I am originally from Albany, OR in the great Pacific Northwest. I completed my undergraduate studies in Biology in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon (1998-2002). I worked with Dr. John Postlethwait as an undergraduate completing an Honor's Thesis on the Hox genes of Spheroides nephelus (Southern Pufferfish) to support the theory of genome duplication. I then took a position as an electrophysiologist working on mechanism of action for drug candidates with the pharmaceutical development company Neurocrine Biosciences of San Diego, CA (2003-2006). My dream of pursuing human medicine combined with my continued pursuit of research at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California where I completed an MD, PhD program (2006-2014). My PhD studies in the lab of Dr. Martin Pera focused on characterizing pluripotency in both human embryonic stem cells and human induced pluripotent stem cells derived in clinical grade conditions. I next started Internal Medicine residency at Duke University where I matched into the ABIM Clinical Investigator Pathway with a Cardiology Fellowship (2014-present). I now find myself as a post-doctoral Fellow in the Lab of Dr. Nenad Bursac working on the fundamentals of cardiac regeneration. I hope to be a leader in the development and application of cell-based therapies for the treatment of cardiac disease. Outside of the lab, I am husband to the beautiful Summer Crabtree and dog-father to Ms Pepper Pomeroy. We all enjoy hiking in the triangle, paddleboarding and trips to the beach.