Biosketch: I graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2005 with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. I then obtained my Ph.D. in Genetic, Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Southern California in 2010. I began working as a postdoc in the Bottini laboratory at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in April 2010 and was promoted to the Instructor position in July 2014.
Research Focus: My research projects are focused on the roles of protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) in diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. I am interested in understanding how genetic polymorphisms in genes encoding PTPs can mediate disease pathogenesis, and in defining new drug targets for immune-mediated diseases among the PTPome.
Career Goals: I plan to pursue a career in scientific research focused on signaling molecules involved in human disease.