I am originally from a small town in New Jersey and spent four years as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania where I researched the epigenetics of long-term memory formation with Dr. Ted Abel. Upon graduation I moved up to Boston to start graduate school here at Harvard as a member of the BBS program. I joined the lab of Professor Lee Rubin.
Within stem cell biology, I am particularly interested in the study of motor neurons generated from patient derived iPSCs to better understand neuromuscular degenerative diseases such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). What excites me is the vast potential of these more representative disease models to lead to better diagnostics, enhanced understanding of underlying molecular mechanisms, and the identification of new compounds of relevance to patient treatment.