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. 

Research Statement

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. 


Rice University
B.A., 2001 (cum laude)

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
M.D., 2007 (Alpha Omega Alpha)


Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency, Pathology, 2007-2008

Virginia Commonwealth University
Residency, Internal Medicine, 2008-2011

Virginia Commonwealth University
Chief Resident, Internal Medicine Program, 2011-2012

Rheumatology Fellowship, 2012-2015

Metzger Scholar in Translational Research, 2015-

Last Reviewed: 03/28/2017