I am currently a Transitional Year Resident at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, MA. Beginning in 2021, I will join the Harvard Ophthalmology Residency Program at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. My long-term goal is to become a surgeon-scientist, helping patients with sight-threatening diseases and running my own research group focused on developing new therapeutic strategies for these same diseases.
I graduated with a combined M.D./Ph.D. from the Medical Scientist Training Program of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I performed my Ph.D. dissertation research in the lab of Rajendra Apte, examining the role of impaired retinal metabolism and the aging innate immune system in retinal neurodegenerative diseases. I was also awarded a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Investigation from the Clinical Research Training Center.
Prior to graduate school, I attended Emory University as a Woodruff Scholar and a Goldwater Scholar and graduated with highest honors in 2012 with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. I completed my senior thesis (“Are there two kinds of auditory imagery?”) in the lab of Krish Sathian (now at Penn State). I also worked for three summers in the United States Air Force Research Laboratory in the Biological Interactions of Nanomaterials (BIN) Group, led by Saber Hussain.
During college, I also received a B.A. in Music (Violin) at Emory University. I was formerly a first violinist in the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and perform regularly as a freelance violinist. I have a very strong passion for teaching and work as a private tutor.