What is your professional background?
I completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Stony Brook University where I worked in a private research lab studying gold as a possible contrast agent. Following college, I attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine where I earned my M.D. and engaged in clinical research in the field of cardiology. While completing residency in Baltimore, I continued to be engaged in cardiology research, which led me to have several publications and poster presentations. Currently, I am in the basic science cardiovascular research track.
In which division do you work, and who is your mentor?
I work in the Division of Cardiology, and my mentor is Dr. Naqvi.
Briefly describe your research. Why is it important?
I’m studying the mechanisms which limit the replicative capacity of cardiomyocytyes (heart muscle cells). I am currently working with adult mice to develop novel therapies to induce cardiacmyocyte replication following injury. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in America, and our ability to regenerate heart tissue is inadequate, which leads to heart failure and death.
What do you like most about Emory?
The people on Emory’s campus are friendly and easily approachable. Also, the research opportunities are superb.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
Nothing can be better than Game of Thrones.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m an avid fisherman and mountain man.