Position title: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
M.D., Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, USA
Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Iowa Graduate College, Iowa City, IA, USA
Residency in Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
My research expertise lies in the area of macaque models of congenital Zika virus infection, immune responses to congenital infections, and long–term neurodevelopmental assessments of Zika virus–exposed macaques. My clinical expertise is in the area of pediatric infectious diseases. My research expertise in congenital Zika virus infection began with the start of the Zika virus epidemic when I began working on the first macaque model of congenital Zika virus infection. Both my flavivirus virology background and pediatric clinical expertise have been critical to the development of a macaque model of congenital Zika virus infection, long–term neurodevelopmental assessments, and protective antibody responses. As a pediatric infectious diseases physician, I am skilled in organizing and leading teams of experts with complementary skills to achieve a common goal: defining the long–term neurodevelopmental outcomes of Zika virus–exposed infant macaques and immune correlates of protection.
Research Key Words:
Zika Virus Infection, Long-Term Neurodevelopmental Outcomes, Congenital Viral Infection
I am passionate about mentoring trainees in an inclusive, equitable environment, and teach them about rigorous and reproducible science. I am dedicated to supporting students from all races, gender, social class, physical abilities, and sexual orientation. I believe that non-majority students face obstacles in successfully completing their program and navigating the network required to succeed in their training program. These unseen obstacles facing under-represented minorities need to be addressed at every level of our institution, and I have started to address this at the level of my laboratory and within my department.