Research/Areas of Interest:

My thesis research focuses on immune cell infiltration into the heart during a model of pressure overload induced heart failure. I am interested in learning what mechanisms lead to self- antigen presentation and activation of infiltrating T cells. I am also interested in how activated T cells are leading to the activation of cardiac fibroblasts to myofibroblasts that lead to increased deposition of collagen and decreased function of the heart.


BS, Microbiology & Immunology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL