Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Champaign, Illinois, United States
My overarching research goal is to contribute to the prevention of disparities in obesity and cardiovascular disease. To this end, my research focuses on characterizing the association between resilience and cardiovascualr health during vulnerable periods across the lifespan. Specifically, my work examines the long-term consequences of exposure to risk and protective factors in childhood and adolescence.
Currently, I am completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the American Heart Association (AHA) Children's Strategically Focused Research Center at Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. As an AHA postdoctoral fellow, I have focused on expanding my transdisciplinary training and research activities from childhood obesity to better understand cardiovascular health during childhood and adolescence, and expand my expertise in cardiovascular epidemiology.
I am incredibly grateful to the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) for the many opportunities they sponsored throughout my career. Thanks to the ASN annual meetings, I was able to met several ASN fellows, and many ASN members who supported me while I was a graduate student, and now as a postdoctoral fellow transitioning to become an independent investigator. My interest in reducing disparities extends beyond my academic reseach, to my teaching, mentoring, and service. As Secretary of the ASN' Student Interest Group I was granted a unique platform to continue promoting increasingly inclusive, safe and welcoming academic environments where all students have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
I am firmly committed to continue supporting underrepresented students and advocating for equity and inclusion in health and academia. I believe I can make and important contribution by helping expand current research on childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease, resilience, adversity, and the social determinants of health in the US and internationally, and by supporting underrepresented populations in both research and academic settings.
Monday, June 1, 2020
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM EDT