My fascination with pregnancy and birth began at an early age and by high school I was actively involved in social issues related to the improvement of the health and lives of women. In undergraduate school, immunology, microbiology and endocrinology were subjects I deemed particularly interesting. At the same time, an opportunity that I had to attend a WHO conference prompted my appreciation of the importance of women’s health as a central component in the health of families, cultures and societies after listening to a young obstetrician speak about his recent return from a project in Cambodia.
I attended medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and worked in the laboratory of Dr. Subbi Mathur who inspired my appreciation of basic science and translational research in the reproductive sciences. Medical school confirmed that a career in Ob-Gyn would enable me to merge the social and outreach interests that brought me to medicine with the scientific and clinical interests that I developed as a medical student. I then moved to the University of Miami, a high-volume urban residency program and completed training in Ob-Gyn.
During residency, I was involved with several clinical research studies under the mentorship of Drs. Víctor-Hugo Gonzalez-Quintéro and Amanda Cotter. Their guidance, along with the plethora of high-risk pregnancies that I encountered in Miami, promoted my interest in Maternal Fetal Medicine as a lifetime career. Part of building this career involves research, which led me to a fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and my current mentor, Dr. Virginia Winn.
Dr. Winn and I began collaborating on a project prior to my arrival in Denver in July of this year. Our relationship has brought me back into the laboratory after quite a few years. I share her desire to improve the lives of women and their children through a better understanding of normal and pathologic placental function as well as a better understanding of the immunologic changes that occur in pregnancy. Ultimately I would like to collaborate with my sister, a perinatal epidemiologist, to do translational research.
Moving to Colorado has also returned me to the outdoor environment that I love. When not at the University working in the lab or hospital, I enjoy hiking, biking, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, as well as traveling and doing international medical outreach. I feel fortunate to have found Virginia and the Winn lab and look forward to the years that I will spend under her guidance.