I received a Bachelor of the Arts in Biochemistry and French from Rice University (Cum Laude, 2001) and a medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha, 2007). After medical school, I completed an Internal Medicine residency (2011) and Chief Residency (2012) at Virginia Commonwealth University. I came to NIAMS for my Rheumatology fellowship and was promoted as a Metzger Scholar in Translational Research in 2015.
I am broadly interested in studying the link between environmental immunomodulators, epigenetic regulation, and T cell lineage commitment as it relates to the development of autoimmunity. I am specifically studying the role of mucosal factors, including retinoic acid, in T helper cell specification. I am investigating the mechanisms by which these agents promote chromatin remodeling and modulate the actions of lineage-determining T helper cell transcription factors.