Positions

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics
Hematology-Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Research Member
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Member
Center for Cell and Gene Therapy
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Member
Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine (TBMM) Graduate Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Member
Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences (IMBS) Graduate Program
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Member
Immunology and Microbiology
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Faculty Member
Development, Disease Models, and Therapeutics
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine

Certifications

Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Fellow (FAAP)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Board Certified
American Board of Pediatrics
General Pediatrics

Professional Interests

  • Pediatric solid tumors
  • Solid tumor microenvironment
  • Natural Killer (NK) cell biology
  • Cellular therapies for solid tumors

Professional Statement

I am a pediatric oncologist with an interest in caring for children with solid tumors. I have an active research lab interested in stimulating the immune system to fight solid tumors. My lab investigates the role of a specific type of immune cell called the natural killer (NK) cell in the control of cancer. My current research projects aim to enhance NK cell function in order to target the tumor microenvironment, essentially getting rid of the accessory cells that help a tumor resist standard therapies. I am currently working on introducing the enhanced NK cells as therapy for children with advanced cancers. In addition, we are using our established lab models to better understand how the tumor microenvironment suppresses the immune system, in order to develop new approaches to overcome this inhibition and improve immune-based therapies for pediatric cancers.