Positions

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Cardiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

MD from Mayo Medical School
PhD from Mayo Graduate School
Molecular Pharmacology
BS from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Internship at Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Residency at Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
Clinical Fellowship at Department of Pediatrics, Section of Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Certifications

Medical License
Texas Medical Board

Professional Statement

The sudden death of an otherwise healthy child can devastate families and up-end entire communities. The trauma of losing a child perceived as healthy is only compounded by the frantic search for answers that the loved ones left behind pursue. These deaths often represent the fringe of clinical medicine where answers to diagnosis, risk stratification, and individualized life-saving interventions demand knowledge of functional genomics and cellular physiology in addition to clinical medicine. As a physician-scientist trained in the confluence of pediatric cardiology, human genetics, and molecular pharmacology, I seek to leverage genomics, cellular physiology, and molecular biophysics to determine why these children die, how to identify at-risk family members, and how to target the specific molecular abrogation that perturbs these children’s hearts.

Selected Publications

Funding

The Role of Junctophilin Type 2 in Cardiac Node Automaticity
- #HL136839-01
Grant funding from NIH K08 Award
In vivo evaluation of novel anti-arrhythmic compounds to terminate potentially fatal tachyarrhythmia
Grant funding from Mike Hogg Foundation Fund
The role of junctophilin-2 in the development of youthful sinus and atrioventricular nodal disease
Grant funding from PACES Paul C. Gillette Investigator Award
Fellowship in Sudden Cardiac Death Functional Genomics
Unrestricted funding from Muzzy/McCrae Foundation
Junctophilin type 2 knockdown and cardiac nodal dysfunction
Grant funding from BCM, Dept Pediatrics Pilot Grant Award
The role of RyR2-Asn4643del in CPVT with emotionally-triggered sudden death
- #HL129273-01
Grant funding from NIH L40