I am a 7th year MD-PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Duke University School of Medicine. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD jointly with Dr. Ru-Rong Ji in the Pain Signaling and Sensory Plasticity Laboratory and Dr. Thomas Van de Ven in the Translational Pain Research Laboratory

I received a BS in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University in 2009. I then came to Duke Med to begin my medical education in 2010. In Fall 2012, I began my graduate studies through the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer biology

I am broadly interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of nociception, with an emphasis on chronic pain. As an aspiring physician-scientist, I aim to direct my research efforts towards questions of high clinical relevance.


  • MD-PhD 2010-Present

    Medical Scientist Training Program

    Duke University School of Medicine

  • B.S. 2009


    Stony Brook University


  • 20092008

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Carrico Lab, Stony Brook University

  • 20092007

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Frohman Lab, Stony Brook University

Awards and Honors

  • 2017
    Grass Fellowship (Marine Biology Lab, Woods Hole, MA)
     Grass Fellowship

    Project Title: Deciphering novel pain and itch circuits in the spinal dorsal horn with activity-dependent labeling, electrophysiology and single-cell transcriptomics.

  • 2009
    SUNY Chancellor's Award
  • 2008
    Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2008
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2009
    Provost's Award for Academic Excellence