My research interests focus on epigenetic regulation of fetal growth and early-life epigenetic programming of the risk for later life diseases. Evidence from imprinting disorders suggests that epigenetic mechanisms play a major role in fetal growth, which in turns is a major determinant of the risk for later life diseases such as obesity and cardiometabolic diseases. Under the mentorship of Dr. Andrea Baccarelli, I studied the associations of birth weight and cord blood DNA methylation in a large birth cohort based in Massachusetts. I recently joined the Greer Lab with an interest in imprinting disorders. My current research focuses on characterizing the epigenomic landscape of the Prader-Willi/Angelman syndrome locus in mouse models, and further understanding the mechanisms regulating the gene silencing or expression in a parent-of-origin specific manner.
In 2015, I completed a fellowship in Neonatology at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program. I was recently appointed as a core faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital NICU. As a physician-scientist, I particularly enjoy teaching and educating fellows, residents, and medical students, and post-docs both clinically, through my clinical rotations, and scientifically, through my research work in the Greer’s Lab.