I am very honored to have been nominated by friend, colleague and 2019 Dancing Star Dennis White! Dennis has been a part of my inspiration to raise money for this worthy cause (and to look silly trying to dance in the process!)
I am originally from Worcester, MA and have always been driven to impact the human condition. When I was in high school, I dreamed of getting my medical degree and becoming a doctor in order to do what has always mattered to me the most – helping people. I found that my interest came in the form of medicinal chemistry, and I graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2007 with a B.S. in Chemistry.
I went on to get a Master’s degree in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Florida State University where the majority of my research was focused on coming up with new ways to treat drug resistant bacteria – to help people who were in a dire condition.
I arrived in Atlanta to continue my graduate work in Biochemistry and Immunology at Georgia Tech which ultimately ended in the launching of a vaccine development startup company called NanoCliq. The company is working towards the development of a vaccine for the second deadliest parasitic disease on the planet, a disease called Leishmaniasis, that predominantly afflicts people in developing world countries. I am passionate about this work because it helps people in regions of the world who are often overlooked.
After a year working at the Metro Atlanta Chamber with Healthcare-related companies, I continue to be motivated by helping people who suffer from health-related problems. In my current role in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, I help our world-class faculty move their leading healthcare innovations from bench-to-bedside where the devices and therapeutics being developed can make a clinical impact to improve patient outcomes.
We have many faculty that are working to research causes, conditions and new treatments to treat Alzheimer’s disease, and I have seen the impact the disease can have on those close to me. We can’t cure disease alone. We can’t help our loved ones by ourselves. As the saying goes, “it takes a village”. I am excited to be apart of the Dancing Stars of Atlanta, and for our little village to make a HUGE impact on the outcomes of Alzheimer’s disease through this amazing event!
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