My initial interest in the medical field stemmed from curiosity about why things happen in the human body. I majored in Biology (Notre Dame, IN ’03) and then completed a dual MD, PhD degree at Duke University (’09) to explore biological mechanism behind disease. After completing my PhD in a basic science laboratory investigating diabetes, I knew that I wanted to translate scientific findings into clinical treatments and intervention.
In medical school, treasured the bonds formed with families while taking care of pediatric patients. I completed my Pediatrics Residency (’12) and Endocrine Fellowship (’15) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where I solidified my passion for treating children with endocrine disorders, and also my desire to push beyond limitations of current medical treatments.
UCSF has welcomed me back to the west coast, and I am fortunate to be working with an amazing team. My research focus is shifting from basic science to clinical and translational studies, aimed at developing novel therapies to prevent and treat type 1 diabetes. Interaction with patients in clinic provide inspiration to continue asking “why” in research endeavors, and I am grateful to be a part of such an incredible medical community.