I am an Athens, Ohio native who graduated from Ohio University in 2017 with a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a minor in Chemistry (OU OH YEAH!). In 2017, I joined the Michael King Lab at Vanderbilt University where I have spent that last two years working toward my PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Our lab uses a combination of novel drug delivery strategies with a natural anti-cancer protein - TRAIL- to prevent the metastatic spread of a multitude of cancers.
Currently, I am investigating chemoresistant colorectal cancer and TRAIL applications as an adjuvant for patients who have exhausted traditional treatment modalities. I am also utilizing drug delivery strategies to prevent lymph node metastasis using microfluidic devices and in vivo orthotopic mouse models.