What is your professional background?
I am a cardiology fellow working in Dr. Bob Taylor’s lab. I did my internal medicine residency training at the University of Texas – Houston and worked as a research fellow in the Division of Cardiology at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
In which division do you work, and who is your mentor?
I work in the Division of Cardiology; my mentor is Dr. Bob Taylor.
Briefly describe your research. Why is it important?
My research focuses on the signaling pathway by which catalase, a key enzyme involved in the formation of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), is regulated in the aortic arterial wall. This disease (AAA) affects as many as eight percent of people over age 65, accounting for more than 15,000 deaths each year. The main goal of this work is to obtain a better understanding of the variability in the disease process that occurs in humans and the development of mechanism-targeted therapeutics.
What do you like most about Emory?
I like the strong commitment of all the faculty members to education and research.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
“Game of Thrones” is my favorite, of course… Who doesn’t like a show with dragons and zombies?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy traveling and watching professional sports.
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