I’m originally from Detroit, MI and graduated from Michigan State (BS) and Wayne State (MS) universities. Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2016, I also lived and worked in New York City.
What brought me here?
Inspired by my work as a clinical dietitian, both in acute care and research, I am endlessly curious about the molecular mechanisms underlying how our environment, particularly diet, affect human metabolism. Ultimately, I aim to translate basic science to the prevention and treatment of metabolic disease in diverse human populations. The faculty research topics, collaborative resources available at UC, and unique focus area of the Metabolic Biology PhD program were a perfect match for these interests and long-term research goals. That, and my goal of avoiding midwestern winters.
Outside of lab I love:
I love enjoying the California sun while hiking, biking, or just eating tacos. I also enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, being tolerated by my cat, and food-themed travel with my husband!