My research interests stem from my passion for translational research coupled with my enthusiasm for teaching. From the wet-bench side, my interests include the following: i.) Deciphering key components of the immune response that are elevated or depleted following a variety of physiological changes, including: cancer, infection, and pre- and post-transplantation, ii.) Identifying genetic modifiers of disease phenotypes and validating these as potential gene therapy candidates for treatment of genetic disease, and iii.) Developing improved diagnostic methods to use bedside to decrease healthcare costs and expedite diagnosis. Lastly, I am interested in educational scholarship/research and am presently serving on the national Council on Undergraduate Research. Specifically, the goal is to design nascent teaching methods and classroom technology to improve understanding and learning retention.