Born and raised in the East Bay, I first ventured out of the Bay Area for college (Pomona College ’96), where I almost concentrated in music, but settled on a Molecular Biology major. I then traveled to the East Coast for my graduate studies at Harvard University, earning my PhD in Genetics while studying the molecular genetics of cancer. As a graduate student, I became interested in the interactions my medical colleagues and friends were privileged to have with patients and families, and looked towards pursuing my own medical studies. After completing my PhD, I taught at Kathmandu University Medical School in Nepal before heading to Stanford University School of Medicine where I received my MD. At Stanford, I recognized how rewarding it was to care for children and their families, which led to a pediatrics internship at UCSF and residency in the combined pediatrics program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. I happily returned to California in to complete my fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at UCSF, and have been on the faculty at UCSF ever since.
Working at UCSF has allowed me to do what I truly enjoy – teaching, asking and answering research questions, and caring for children and families. From a research perspective, I am interested in how technology can be used to help people with diabetes. I am constantly grateful for my patients and their families for sharing their lives with me, and for the opportunity to learn from them and my colleagues on a daily basis.