PhD, Brown University, 2000
My current work comprises both basic and translational research focusing on the cellular and molecular basis for obstructive lung disease and exploring new intervention strategies.
My lab has the unique capability to measure, at the single cell level, changes in stiffness using Magnetic Twisting Cytometry (MTC), contractile force using Fourier Transform Traction Microscopy (FTTM), and discrete molecular-level remodeling dynamics of the living cytoskeleton using Spontaneous Nanoscale Tracer Motions (SNTM). These state-of-art nanotechnologies are readily applicable to a wide variety of cell types and, in combination of multiple genetic, chemical and mechanical manipulations, have broad research applications that are at the interface of cell biology, physics and medicine.
Honors and Awards
2006 - Ann Woolcock Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions and Future Promise in Asthma Research, American Thoracic Society
2007 - Faculty Research Initiative Award, Johns Hopkins University
2010 - American Asthma Foundation (Sandler) Award
2012 - Teaching Excellence, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
2013 - Program Chair-Elect, Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly, American Thoracic Society
2014 - Program Chair, Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly, American Thoracic Society
2014 - Nominated and Selected as One of the Twelve Semi-Finalists for the Inaugural President's Frontier Award, Johns Hopkins University
2015 - Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University
2016 - Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University
2017 - Elected to Nominating Committee, Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly, American Thoracic Society