In high school, I was drawn to science . I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to train under Dr. Peggy Neville my senior year of high school. It was this real world experience that cemented my earlier notions that I wanted to be a scientist. At the time, Peggy headed University of Colorado School of Medicine's MSTP program, so I got an early glimpse of training to be a physician scientist. I continued on at the University of Colorado in Boulder studying chemistry, biochemistry and Russian. This was also when I met my future husband. My undergraduate thesis work was done in the labs of Drs. Natalie Ahn and Katheryn Resing. I studied the post-translational modifications of histones and HMG proteins using mass spectrometry. With this training, I moved to San Francisco to work at Genentech in the Protein Chemistry Mass Spectrometry lab with Dr. David Arnott.
After a couple of years there, I got engaged and decided to move back to Colorado. Eric and I married and had two delightful daughters. After several years as a stay-at-home mom, I decided to return to the lab. I worked part time for Dr. Pepper Schedin studying how the changes of the breast during pregnancy affect the capacity for breast cancer to metastasize. When my baby got to school age, I decided it was time to do what I had always wanted to; go to graduate school. Through the years, my interests had evolved to wanting to study reproductive health with the ultimate goal of making a positive impact on pregnancy outcomes. I thought the best way I could achieve this was with an MD as well as a PhD. Thus I joined the MST Program at University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus. I have completed my first two years of training, which included one year of combined medical and graduate school and one additional year of medical school. I am new to Dr. Winn's lab in the Program of Reproductive Science and am really looking forward to investigating the changes that occur in preeclamptic placentas. I will also train clinically over the next few years with Dr. Lynn Barbour who directs the high risk OB/Gyn clinic.
Although school and family keeps me busy, I find time to lead my eldest daughters Brownie troop, volunteer as an educator with Planned Parenthoods Speakers Bureau and encourage local high school students to enter a career in science with the HOMES program (hands on medical education through science). When I take time for myself, I run, golf, read or spend time with my friends.