Personal Statement

I am an assistant professor in the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute and Division of Applied Cell Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai. I also hold an appointment in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and am an adjunct assistant professor at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I earned a master’s degree and doctorate in neurobiology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. After earning my PhD, I engaged in postdoctoral training in molecular, cell and stem cell biology at Yale University and Cedars-Sinai. I became a faculty member of the Department of Medicine in 2013.

I am a member of several professional organizations including the Society for Neuroscience, the Society for Neuro-Oncology and the International Society for Stem Cell Research. I have authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. I have received financial support for my research from the Connecticut Stem Cell Research Program, the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the National Institutes of Health.