Growing up outside of Washington DC, I developed a love for science at a young age. I always took things apart to find out how they worked. These interests led me to pursue my B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University. When taking a neuroscience course in college, I became intrigued with biology and decided to continued my training in the Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology graduate program, a joint program between Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that bridged the gap between biology and engineering. During my doctoral studies, I learned much of the molecular and cell biological approaches that I use today and developed a strong background in auditory research with Dr. Stefan Heller. After completing my thesis, I decided the best way I could help improve hearing loss, was through the basic understanding of how the system worked. I believe that only through understanding how the system works, can we fix it when it malfunctions. For instance, you’re your car is not working properly, who do you take the car to? A mechanic of course, because they know how the car works, therefore are able to fix it. After my thesis, I joined Dr. Anthony Ricci’s laboratory to further our understanding of the function of the auditory system. In Dr. Ricci’s lab I developed new tools to better assess the mechano-electric transduction mechanism.
In my lab now, we continue to pursue the mechanisms of mechanotransduction, using and creating the best tools to directly answer questions pertaining to how we sense sound. I have a small lab, allowing for ample time for mentorship and performing experiments in the lab.