I'm a third year grad student in the Skalak lab. My research focus currently lies in two main areas. First, I'm interseted in the origin of smooth muscle cells in arterialization. In the remodeling microvasculature, capillaries can obtain a SM coating as they enlarge. My work involves using a local single/multi cell labeling technique to identify the cell population that gives rise to this smooth muscle coating.
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, 2004 - present
Bachelors of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, May 2004
The second main area of focus regards WNT signaling. WNT and its pathways have been implicated in tumorigenesis, morphogenesis, vascular development and vascular cells in vitro. I am interested in extending the vascular development and in vitro work to discover a link between WNT signaling and regulation of remodeling of the adult microvasculature in vivo.