I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. As an undergraduate I conducted cardiovascular and muscle physiology research as a member of Dr. Kenneth Campbell Lab's in the Department of Physiology. During this time I studied the effects of small molecule drugs on muscle mechanics and the development of cardiac fibrosis in heart failure patients. I hope to continue researching heart failure and cardiac muscle physiology for my PhD thesis.
My research is centered on the heart failure and muscle mechanics. Utilizing single muscle fiber mechanical experiences we are able to examine the physical parameters of skeletal and cardiac muscle contraction such as isometric force, coopertivity, and calcium sensitivity. In particular, I am interested in how these physical parameter of muscle contraction are altered in heart failure.