I am a newly-appointed assistant professor in the Division of Community Health and Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. My research involves implementation science, community engagement, and biomedical engineering.
Before joining UAMS, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. David Chambers in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. My research examined the connection between cancer centers and their catchment areas. The ‘catchment area’ is the geographic area that is served through research, treatment, and outreach activities. A better understanding of the catchment area can improve the implementation of evidence-based programs to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
I began my career as a biomedical engineer with Dr. Claudia Fischbach at Cornell University, where I developed tumor-on-chip devices to study the relationship between blood vessels and cancer metabolism. During grad school, I helped establish partnerships to strengthen the interaction between early-career scientists and cancer survivors.
I received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University, a master’s in public health at Harvard, and PhD in biomedical engineering at Cornell. My articles appeared in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, Nature Protocols, Science Translational Medicine, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, and Biomaterials. I am passionate about enhancing professional development opportunities for early career scientists.
I am originally from northeast Kansas. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. After work, you will probably find me at the library or on a bicycle.