Before joining Stanford, I was a research associate at Child & Family Research Institute in British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada. I have obtained my honors B.MedSc. from the University of Western Ontario with high distinction, and earned a master’s degree in pharmacogenomics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. degree in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of British Columbia.
My on-going research at Stanford has a focus on understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms contributing to the progression of thoracic aneurysm and aortic dissection in connective tissue disorders, including Marfan and Loeys-Dietz syndromes, using both transgenic mouse models and a vascular model derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). I previously developed a novel quantitative analysis of elastin using multiphoton microscopy that could lead to an early diagnostic method of Marfan syndrome. Further, my ultrasound study strongly supports the potential use of doxycycline for the prevention of Marfan-linked aneurysm.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia (2017)
Master of Science, University of Toronto (2010)
Bachelor of Science, University of Western Ontario (2008)