My work currently focuses on angiogenesis, in particular the interaction between endothelial integrins and neuropilins in coordinating angiogenic responses. I am also interested in how the gut microbiome affects these interactions.
My previous postdoctoral position concentrated on investigating the role myoepithelial cells play in the angiogenic switch in ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast, during which I was short listed for the Royal Society of Medicine Sylvia Lawler Prize in Oncology.
My doctoral research examined the proliferation index and remodeling potential of human valve interstitial cells in biological scaffolds for which I received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB). My postdoctoral research activities centered on investigating mesenchymal stem cell adhesion, viability and remodeling capacity to extracellular matrix proteins under both static and dynamic conditions.
I have worked in both government and private sector research facilities focusing on environmental microbiology, food microbiology & toxicology and animal virology.