I am so excited to join the GRMDC family! I grew up in San Francisco, CA but have lived in many places since. I went Oberlin College in OH, then spent two years in Chicago, IL as a Teach For America corps member teaching 7th and 8 th grade science in Chicago Public Schools, and most recently was in Denver, CO to complete my MD/PhD at the University of Colorado.
In my Ph.D. I demonstrated that the changes in the early infant gut microbiome due to maternal obesity can increase the risk of liver disease and obesity. In my career I’d like to use the infant gut microbiome as a tool for understanding how our environment can contribute to long-term health outcomes. I want to use my discoveries to identify treatments as well as promote policies that improve health equity. Clinically I plan to be a neonatologist.
Outside of medicine and science, I have a wide range of hobbies. I love all outdoors adventures! I adore camping, hiking and road-trips; I have been to 27 national parks. When inside, I love to sing, write songs, and play my guitar (rather poorly though if I am honest). Since I can’t ever fully escape my love of science, I also perform science-based stand-up comedy. I have a cuddly cat Sasha who I adopted because the shelter described her as “interesting, never a dull moment” which has proved to be highly accurate over the past 7 years we’ve been together. I look forward to my time in Roslindale and getting to know this incredible community!