Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Autonomic nervous system/Cardiovascular phys
I am ecstatic to have found myself in the MD/PhD program here at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The individuals with whom I have had the pleasure of sharing this experience are extraordinary, as are the faculty and medical professionals that have made this possible.
I have recently begun the PhD facet of my studies, and I am working in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Smith, under the auspices of the physiology department. Currently, I am working on the development of a functioning model for the measurement of congestive heart failure development. I plan to use physiological methods to quantify this development, and then use molecular techniques to study the mechanisms that underlie autonomic nervous system uncoupling events that are subsequent to myocardial infarction.
As an undergraduate, I studied biochemistry and mathematics, with a concentration in engineering. My research was in the departments of psychology, high-energy physics, and in biochemistry. Following completion of my degrees, I worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the department of pharmacology for several years, investigating molecular changes in the intracellular signaling cascades of dopaminoceptive brain regions in a transgenic mouse model, as compared to wild-type mice.
I enjoy my experience here tremendously, and heartily encourage other individuals that have both clinical and research interests to consider this fine institution during their investigation of MD/PhD programs nationwide.