Research & Publications
I am a URM physician-scientist and Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology), Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. I have led an NIH-supported laboratory for over 2 decades and trained multiple undergraduate students, post-docs, medical students and research scientists, the majority of whom come from under-represented backgrounds. My research interest is focused on mechanisms responsible for diarrheal diseases. My lab primarily investigates mechanisms regulating the CFTR chloride channel in the intestine and how these are linked to genetic, and non-genetic diarrheal diseases and Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We elucidated trafficking mechanisms regulating CFTR that are implicated in diarrhea that are the basis for successful drug therapies to treat constipation and increase intestinal fluidity (Linaclotide, Lubiprostone). Currently, we investigate kinase signaling mechanisms responsible for regulating CFTR in genetic and non genetic diarrheal diseases and CF affecting newborns and children.
My clinical practice is focused on food and gut health in children to treat and prevent obesity, and chronic lifestyle diseases. We promote the use of healthy food for prevention of intestinal diseases in children, provide nutritional consultation, and design culturally sensitive diets for parents. We provide conventional standard of care along side nutritional promotion as needed, but focus on foods, exercise, stress reduction and lifestyle as a primary modalities for disease treatment and prevention.
Education & Training
- MBBSUniversity of West Indies (1985)
- Board CertificationAB of Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology (2003, recertified: 2022)
Honors & Recognition
|NASPGHAN Award for Study of Disorders Associated with Carbohydrate Malabsorption
|North American Society Pediatric Gastroenterology
|Associate Editor-Gastointestinal Physiology
|2018 - 2020