I am an Assistant Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology at Brown University. Before coming to Brown, I was an Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. I received my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, graduate degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and postdoctoral training in Tumor Biology from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
I have established a research lab focused on using quantitative cell biophysical analysis to understand cancer biology. My research provides detailed biophysical insight on cancer cell signaling pathways, tumor cell heterogeneity, cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions in the tumor, and mechanisms contributing to therapy resistance.
My long-term goal is to develop a leading research program for studying the physical factors that contribute to invasion and metastasis of gynecological cancers. I am developing a multidisciplinary research lab at the interface between cell biology, bioengineering, and medicine. Trainees learn to combine single cell biophysical analysis with molecular analysis of cell signaling pathways important in cancer. I hope this biophysical approach will guide in the development of new strategies for treating cancer.