Mentor: Dr. Elena Aikawa
I completed my undergraduate training at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland with a bachelors in Immunology, followed by a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. My thesis focusing on the role of Sirtuin 1 in vascular calcification, during which time I acquired skills in molecular biology and imaging techniques, earning prizes from both the British Society for Cardiovascular Research and the European Vascular Biology Organisation. Following completion of my PhD in late 2019, I relocated to the US and joined the Aikawa lab in January of 2020 to peruse a fellowship focusing on the novel mechanisms of lipoprotein A within valvular calcification and the crosstalk of valvular cells within this multifaceted pathology. My scientific interests lie within unpicking complicated molecular mechanisms within heart valve disease, and I am excited about the future of our translational research in developing the understanding of the pathways linking clinical hallmarks of valvular disease to the diverse receptors and proteins within these complex mechanisms.