I received my B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia in 2017. There, I studied how stromal cells influence cancer behavior using tissue-engineered models of the tumor microenvironment. After graduating, I moved abroad to the United Kingdom where I studied lymphatic remodeling as a facilitator of metastasis at the University of Cambridge. I am now pursuing my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Cornell University.
My project aims to understand how microenvironmental cues drive breast cancer development and progression. In particular, I am interested in how mammary adipose tissue interacts with tumor cells and how these interactions may be altered in the context of obesity. Outside of lab, I am passionate about science communication, public health, and public policy. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, baking, and spending time with my cat.