Molecular & Integrative Physiology
My fascination with research and medicine began while I worked in Dr. Tim Musch's lab at Kansas State University. As a part of that lab I was involved in projects aimed at better understanding the basic physiology of chronic heart failure (CHF) and the use of exercise as a treatment modality. Using rats as an animal model, we evaluated the effects of CHF on the cardiovascular system, and used these results to gain a better understanding of the physiological mechanisms of the disease. We also tested the efficacy of exercise as well as more traditional pharmacologic interventions in the treatment of CHF. I further explored my research interest during a summer research fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. While I was in Dallas I investigated the role of a specific zinc-finger transcription factor in the development of oligodendrocytes, the myelinating cells of the central nervous system. While these two areas of research are fundamentally different, they both exposed me to the powerful connection between basic science research and clinical medicine.
After graduating from Kansas State University, I have had the privilege to continue pursuing my interests in medicine and research as a part of the MD/PhD program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I am mainly interested in disease-oriented research, but a specific interest beyond that remains to be found. Fortunately, I have found the medical center to be a wonderful place to explore laboratories that are doing truly outstanding research. As a first year medical student, I currently am navigating my way through medical classes, and I have found the curriculum here both challenging and well-integrated. If you have questions about anything, I would love to help.
Mentor: Gustavo Blanco, M.D., Ph.D.
Kyle Jansson, M.D., Ph.D.