University of Akron
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology
Using new technologies, we now know that there are thousands of molecules in our bodies that have not yet been identified that contribute to our health. My laboratory focuses on discovering these compounds and manipulating them to prevent disease. I am particularly interested in discovering new molecules that have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, a goal that will be achieved with this project. I received my B.A. in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and it was here that I began to explore my passion for basic science. I received my Ph.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2007 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego funded by the National Institutes of Health. During my postdoctoral training, I had the unique opportunity to obtain training on advanced analytical technologies to study metabolism. It was here that I was able to immerse myself in interdisciplinary projects to help develop new treatments for disease. I joined the faculty at the University of Akron in 2012 and continue to apply new OMICS technologies to identify therapies for infectious and inflammatory diseases. I have received an AB Sciex Young Investigator Award and am currently funded by the National Institutes of Health.