Breast cancer cells preferentially metastasize to skeletal bone, yet the molecular mechanisms by which this process occurs remain largely undefined. Increasing evidence suggests that breast cancer can exert pre-metastatic effects on distant organs through the action of tumor-secreted factors released into the circulation, and elucidating the role of such factors in breast cancer cell homing to bone is critical to understanding the progression of bone metastasis. Specifically, I am interested in investigating how factors secreted by breast cancer cells affect bone structure and composition prior to metastasis, and whether these changes play a role in the formation of secondary tumors in the bone.
I received my B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University in May 2014. Outside the lab, I enjoy running, snowboarding, photography, and exploring new places and foods.