I received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Brown University. As a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, I pursued my Ph.D. thesis research in the area of cytokine signal transduction under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Rothman. I received my M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in 2002, and went on to clinical Internal Medicine residency and subsequent clinical Hematology and Oncology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. As a fellow, I completed postdoctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Reiner, where I studied the regulation of gene expression and cell fate decisions in T cells during immune responses. In 2010, I joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and started my own lab.
My laboratory team is interested in the molecular mechanisms governing gene expression patterns and differentiation in T lymphocytes both in the setting of anti-cancer immune responses and in the setting of T cell leukemia and lymphoma. We anticipate that our studies of T cells in these two different contexts, described in more detail below, will be complementary with our knowledge of non-malignant and malignant T cell biology each informing our research on the other.