• Title Research Technician – Varelas Lab
  • Education BA – Vanderbilt University
  • Office K621
  • Area of Interest Hippo signaling
    T-cell biology

Driven to explore the determinants of human health, from the societal to the molecular.

At the Varelas Lab, I assist with day to day operations and run experiments at the intersection of the Hippo signaling pathway and T cell biology. Emerging immunotherapies have the potential to revolutionize cancer treatment, but there are natural limitations to the adaptive immune response that must first be addressed. By exploring the role of Hippo signaling in T cell biology, we hope to mediate T cell exhaustion and improve the viability of T cells in immunosuppressive environments.

I received my BA from Vanderbilt University where I studied Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. As an undergraduate, I worked to characterize the neurotoxic effects of MDMA abuse in humans at the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. Upon graduating, I explored the role GPCRs in mammalian synaptic transmission and conducted behavioral and metabolic testing on a knockout mouse model in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Outside of lab I enjoy live music (especially jazz), as well as camping, hiking, and backpacking. See you on the trail!

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