Education and Positions: B.S. Drexel University, 1998; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2007; Postdoctoral Fellow, National Cancer Institute, Macromolecular Crystallography, 2007-2012; National Cancer Institute, Transcriptional Regulation, 2012-2013; Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Meharry Medical College, 2013 – current.
Research Interest: Protein machines, protein structure, function dynamics and evolution, protein conformational diseases, mechanisms of genome maintenance and oxidative stress
Honors and Awards: NIH Structural Biology Training Fellowship, 2003-2004; NIH Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA), 2007-2012; New Investigator Scholarship, International AIDS Society/National Institutes of Health, 2009; Black Rose Award Service and Leadership in Education, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, 2010; NCI Career Development Award, 2014-2018; Keystone Symposia Fellow, Keystone Symposia on Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2015;
Visiting Professorship Award, American Society for Cell Biology. Host: Ian Wilson, D. Phil, D. Sc., FRS, FRSE. Host Institution: The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, 2016; Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientist to Success (LEADS) Program Scholar, 2017-2018.
The Protein Society: Member since 2021.
Service: Organizer: Abstract Judge, SACNAS, 2011; Member, American Crystallographic Association Council, 2010-2013; Chair, American Crystallographic Association, Young Scientist Scientific Interest Group, 2011-2012; Mini-symposium: Advancing Personalized Medicine Using Structural Biophysics and Protein Dynamics, 2016; NSF Grant Reviewer, Research Initiation Award Panel, 2020. Structural Biology Grid (SBGrid) Consortium Steering Committee, Harvard Medical School. Black in Biophysics Organizer and Mentor, 2021