Graduate Student
Ph.D. Candidate
Henry Ford Hospital System, One Ford Place, Detriot MI


  • B.S. in Genetics, Clemson University (2010) 
  • M.S. in Biotechnology, Claflin University (2014) 

Select Awards/Funding:

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study (2017-2020)
  • GRO Fellowship, University of Georgia Graduate School (2016-2017) 
  • National Institutes of Health NIAID Research Supplement to Promote Diversity, (2015)
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Area: 
Selected Publications: 

Zhao W, Cheng R, Jenkins BD, Zhu T, Okonkwo NE, Jones CE, Davis MB, Kavuri SK, Hao Z, Schroeder C, Mao L. Label-free ferrohydrodynamic cell separation of circulating tumor cells. Lab on  a Chip. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017.

Research Interests Detail: 

My research area of interest addresses health disparities in breast cancer between global and ethnic populations. Specifically, I am interested in chemokine networks and their role in immune cell migration in cancer in the context of an atypical chemokine receptor (ACKR1).