I earned Bachelor of Science degrees in neuroscience and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduation, I accepted an offer to conduct clinical research at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). At the NIEHS, I began to develop an in-depth understanding of reproductive health and neuroendocrinology. Eager to continue my growth in this area, I subsequently completed the Master of Science in Epidemiology program at Georgetown University. My thesis work at Georgetown examined predictors of bone density- specifically factors involving estrogen (e.g., number of childbirths, age at menarche, or amount of dietary soy).
As a T32 funding pre-doctoral trainee, my goal is to pursue research in which I investigate how exogenous and endogenous exposures of hormones can influence cardiovascular health with aging and how that in turn relates to functional independence.