I was born in South Carolina and went to Clemson University for undergrad. I studied Bioengineering and worked on a project using dental pulp stem cells for possible future tooth regeneration. After undergrad, I moved to New England and got a master’s degree in Bioengineering at Harvard. There, I worked on designing a microphysiological system for studying pancreatic islet beta cell function and diabetes disease modeling. I then worked as a product development engineer at LifeNet Health, a company that makes cell and tissue-based products from donated tissues. While it was fun developing tissue-based medical devices, I found that I missed research. In 2020, I decided to go back to school and started pursuing a PhD at Duke. I work in the Truskey Lab studying early-stage atherosclerosis using our group's tissue-engineered blood vessels (TEBVs). I am particularly interested in the cellular mechanisms that lead to plaque formation and how these might be controlled to promote plaque regression.
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