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My interest in science as a child became a passion for cancer research as a college student when many members of my family and a young friend were battling cancer. After earning a B.S in Biology, I completed a post baccalaureate  internship at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases where I gained practical experience in cancer research. This work inspired me to earn a Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine at The George Washington University, where I gained a true appreciation for the complexities of cancer and a desire to pursue an academic career. A postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute studying NF-kB signaling in ovarian cancer stem cells led to my current research program at SDSU, investigating mechanisms of cancer cell resistance to chemotherapy and disease relapse.


Throughout my life I have had some of the best mentors, both personal and professional, helping me develop my passion into a career. I have also been fortunate enough to mentor a diverse group of talented students. I look forward to helping the next generation of scientists develop their passion while making innovative and vital discoveries to combat cancer and improve human health.


Grad student 2009


Assistant professor 2019



Ovarian Cancer

Understanding and targeting drug resistant cells to overcome chemoresistance and prevent recurrence


National Cancer Institute, NIH

Postdoctoral Fellow, Women's Malignancies Branch

Cancer Biology

Cancer stem cells and the tumor microenvironment

NF-kB signaling Pathway

Role of NF-kB signaling in supporting breast and ovarian cancer progression


The George Washington University

Institute for Biomedical Sciences

PhD, Molecular Medicine


George Mason University

BS, Biology


National Institute for Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, NIH

Postbaccalaureate Fellow

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