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I started my interest in science at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. There I dual majored in biology and chemistry. In the spring of 2012, I joined Dr. Patrick Fueger’s laboratory and pursued a doctoral degree in Cellular and Integrative Physiology. My research focused on fatty liver disease in the context of obesity-induced type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). My dissertation research was focused on defining the molecular mechanisms controlling epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its feedback inhibitor, mitogen-inducible gene 6 (Mig6) during obesity-induced stress conditions. Following graduation, I became a postdoctoral research scholar in Dr. Brian Finck’s laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis.
I have always been fascinated with human physiology and as I transition into my postdoctoral research, I am discovering the endless array of physiological functions affected by obesity and T2DM. I want to focus on understanding the effects of obesity-induced nutrient overload and how this may contribute to the development of insulin resistance in peripheral tissue, most notably liver. Here in the Finck Lab, I will study how monoacylglycerol acyltransferase 1 (MGAT1) contributes towards hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance specifically, in the context of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.