Postdoctoral Researcher, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Hometown: Vicksburg, MS
BA in Biological Sciences, minor in Chemistry (2009)
Currently I am in my postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, investigating mechanisms of pediatric asthma. My ultimate career goal is to lead my own research program at a top tier research institution as a principal investigator/tenure-track faculty member. I hope to continue conducting biomedical research relating to the immunological mechanisms of pediatric lung diseases such as asthma and cystic fibrosis.
Ole Miss was a very rewarding experience in my educational development. My biology and chemistry professors provided a challenging and supportive environment that cultivated my interest in biomedical research. The concepts from the courses taught proved to be a valuable foundation throughout my scientific development.
My graduate work focused upon immunological responses in cystic fibrosis, a fatal inflammatory lung disease. I have published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Immunology and presented my work at national conferences. During my time at LSU, my work received the Toxicological and Exploratory Pathology Charles River Award, Society of Toxicology Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section Award, and Society of Toxicology Immunotoxicology Specialty Section 2017 Paper of the Year.
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