Graduate Student - Li Lab
I was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where I became interested in science while doing undergraduate research in a prostate cancer laboratory. After receiving my B.S. in biochemistry in 2013, I worked as a research assistant at University of Kansas Medical Center in both Anatomy and Cell Biology and Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics departments. I joined IGPBS in the summer of 2017 and Dr. Li's lab in 2018.
Research Interests Fatty liver disease affects up to about one third of patients in the Western world. Fatty liver disease will progress in a portion of these patients to more serious conditions that may require medical intervention, like transplantation. Coenzyme A (CoA) is an important cofactor in fatty acid metabolism. My work involves trying to understand the role of CoA dysregulation in the development and progression of fatty liver disease.