Research & Publications
I am a developmental biologist aiming to understand: 1) What are the gene regulatory networks that establish the cellular diversity of a developing brain? 2) How are cell types and circuits affected when these networks are disrupted? Specifically, I investigate the roles during vertebrate development of chromatin modifiers implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders risk, and of novel micropeptides (or sORF-encoded proteins). Using genome engineering, single-cell technologies, behavioral analyses, and genomics using the vertebrate zebrafish (Danio rerio) system, my work spans basic biological discovery and human health implications, especially for neurodevelopmental disorders. My postdoctoral work is supported by a Hartwell Foundation Fellowship (2018-2020) and a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence (NICHD) award.
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Education & Training
- PhDDuke University, Cell Biology (2016)
- BSDuke University, Biology (B.S.), Religion (A.B.) (2010)
Honors & Recognition
|STAT Wunderkind||STAT / MD Anderson Cancer Center||2023|
|Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists||Blavatnik Family Foundation||2023|
|Yale Postdoctoral Mentoring Award||Office for Postdoctoral Affairs and Yale Postdoctoral Association||2023|
|Paul T. Englund Emerging Scholar Award||Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Biological Chemistry||2022|
|K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award||Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development||2022|
|Grass Foundation Achievement Award||Grass Foundation||2022|
|Cornell Rising Star||Cornell University||2022|
|Dr. Eddie Méndez Scholar Award||Fred Hutch Cancer Center||2021|
|Leading Edge Symposium Fellow||Leading Edge||2020|