Brief Resume

Work Experience

2017 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow
Indiana University, Bloomington
Mentor - Dr. Joseph Bonanno

My work focuses on identifying the cellular mechanisms that are dysfunctional in congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy, a rare blinding disease. 

2011 - 2017

Graduate student
University of Utah
Mentor - Dr. Paul Bernstein

I studied the biochemistry behind macular carotenoid synthesis and uptake. I identified a previously unknown function of the visual cycle enzyme, RPE65, in carotenoid metabolism.

2009 - 2011

Lab Technician
University of Illinois at Chicago
Mentor - Dr. Beatrice Yue

Identified the cellular processing of Optineurin and Myocilin, two glaucoma genes

Grants

2021 - 2026

National Eye Institute

2019 - 2021

Career starter grant

Knights Templar Eye Foundation

2018 - 2020

TL1 postdoctoral training grant

Indiana CTSI

2016 - 2017

T-32 Vision training grant

University of Utah

Awards and Honors

  • Members in Training Outstanding Poster Award in Cornea, ARVO (2021)

  • NEI Travel Grant, ARVO (2019)

  • Graduate fellowship, University of Utah (2011-2017)

  • Member of Franklin Honor Society for academic achievement, Roosevelt University, Chicago (2009)

  • Departmental Honors – Department of Biology, Roosevelt University, Chicago (2009)

  • Student Employee of the year – Roosevelt University, Chicago (2009)

  • Student Excellence in Scientific Research Award – Roosevelt University, Chicago (2008)

  • Awarded membership in Sigma Xi scientific research society (2008)

  • Full tuition scholarship from Roosevelt University Honors Program (2007-2009)