I am interested in how asymmetric body plans develop along the left-right axis such as how organs are placed differently on the left and right sides in humans. My project focuses on the mechanisms by which the early mouse embryo sets up these organ asymmetries by translating mechanosensory information in a crucial structure called the node into gene expression that is exclusively on the left side. Interestingly, we believe that a small GTP-activated protein is responsible for trafficking, processing and/or secreting this signal.
B.S. in Biology (2017) Drury University
B.A. in Chemistry & Spanish (2017) Drury University
NIH Training Grant Fellow, 2018-20