Since graduating from college with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Mississippi, I have worked extensively in molecular biology and immunology research. I also have a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from Loyola University Chicago. I have eight years of combined technical experience, which culminate in the authorship of five research articles in journals such as Oncogene, Clinical Cancer Research, and Nature Communications. I have also contributed a chapter to a book concerning Notch targeted therapies in breast cancer. I thrive in dynamic lab environments and possess strong organizational skills that have led to lab management and mentoring roles. I am a clear communicator practiced in academic writing and public speaking. Feel free to contact me if you have questions or interest in my academic publications or current work!
My research interests include:
In vivo modeling
It is important for a mind to practice diverse activities. My father is an expert craftsman, and growing up I learned many woodworking and building techniques which I use to this day. Not long ago, I built my daughter’s crib, and have more projects in the works. My wife loves that I’m a great in the kitchen and have a talent for flavors and mixology. I also love the outdoors. I enjoy kayaking and spending time camping whenever I get the chance. I’m a big fan of Major League Baseball, especially the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. I also follow college football (go Rebels!). I started running for charity in 2018 and finished my first Chicago Marathon in under 4 hours. I completed the 2019 Chicago Marathon in under 3 1/2 hours, besting my previous time by nearly 20 minutes!
I was born just south of Atlanta, GA, but I grew up in the tiny coastal Mississippi town of Big Point. The census in 2000 documented the population of Big Point at 115 people. I have traveled quite a long way from home in pursuit of knowledge and scientific training. The first stop on my journey was at the University of Mississippi on the north end of the state. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Biochemistry and left in pursuit of a career in research. The next stop was at Ohio State University. After two years working in a tumor angiogenesis lab at Ohio State, I sought further education in Chicago where I earned my M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Loyola University. During my Master’s program, I met my wife Mary. We were married and recently had our first child, Anne, in November 2018. I am currently a research technician in a cancer immunology lab at the University of Chicago.