Researcher | Research Overview
My research focuses on basic science discoveries that bridge newborn medicine and lung stem cell biology. My work is based in the laboratory of Dr. Carla Kim at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute at Boston Children’s Hospital. My project goals focus on the role of lung stem cells in lung injury and repair. I recently published work showing for the first time using lineage tracing techniques that bronchiolar progenitor cells are capable of contributing to alveolar repair after injury. I am currently investigating the regulation of lung stem cell differentiation in the setting of injury, microenvironmental changes, and the extremes of age. I am also investigating the role of mesenchymal stem cell treatment on bronchioalveolar stem cells (BASCs) after lung injury and repair. For my current research work, I have been honored to receive a NIH K12 Child Research Center Grant, a Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation IM Rosenzweig Young Investigator Award, an Ikaria Advancing Newborn grant and an AMA Foundation SEED grant.
Researcher | Research Background
I was raised in Richmond, Virginia and attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I received my M.D. from University of Virginia and completed my residency in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I then completed my Neonatology Fellowship at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and was honored to serve as Chief Fellow during my last year of training. I am currently a faculty member of the Department of Newborn Medicine at Boston Children’s and a clinical attending physician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit providing care to critically ill infants. I am also the Director of the Newborn Medicine Basic Science and Translational Research Seminar Series and the Co-Director of the Division of Newborn Medicine Summer Student Research Program.