My work has been focused at the intersection of biotechnology and health. My basic research and academic training is in biology, biomedical research, and public health epidemiology.

My path in basic research began in immunology and virology in the Neil Cooper Lab at
The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Immunology, during undergraduate study in biology at the University California San Diego. I returned to independent research at the Marine Biology Research Division of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD after my time at Gen-Probe working on HIV blood screening. Some years later after my experiences in Malawi, I decided to move to Washington DC to focus on biosecurity and begin my graduate education in public health epidemiology in the Department of Global and Community Health at George Mason University.

All of these experiences across my academic, laboratory, and field work were a critical foundation for all of my contributions to new technology development and public health initiatives spanning health, food, energy and environment sectors.

It is with a great interest that I continue my research in the following fields of study:
  • Molecular epidemiology, immunology
  • Infectious disease, medical microbiology, virology, neglected tropical diseases
  • Cancer, chronic and inflammatory diseases
  • Environmental microbiology, oceanography, marine microbiology, and natural products chemistries