I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Emory University. My dissertation advisor is Dr. Hao Wu. We are developing novel statistical approaches to detect a mediation effect while accounting for a latent variable (e.g. cell type), with primary application to DNA methylation and gene expression data.
I am currently collaborating with Dr. Nina Guzzetta (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta) to analyze the impact of blood product exposures on antibody development in pediatric heart transplant patients. I am also a research assistant in Dr. Anke Hüls’s lab (Department of Epidemiology and Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health). We are evaluating and comparing methods of generating metabolomics risk scores.
I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with bachelors degrees in biostatistics and mathematics and a minor in music. I worked with Dr. Nick Battista in Dr. Laura Miller’s computational biology lab studying fluid dynamics in embryonic heart development. Through this work, I was introduced to the process of research and learned to code in Matlab.
In my free time, I enjoy playing instruments (primarily piano and ukulele), reading, and watching UNC basketball. I also volunteer for multiple disability advocacy organizations and am a local ambassador for the Georgia Muscular Dystrophy Association.