Positions

Associate Professor
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

BS from University of Dallas
Biochemistry
PhD from University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Lipid and lipoprotein metabolism
  • Cardiovascular Sciences
  • Gene therapy vectors for the study and treatment of metabolic disease

Professional Statement

My research is focused on the genetics of lipid and lipoprotein metabolism. The goal is to understand how rare and common genetic variation alters metabolic pathways and determines an individual’s susceptibility to disease. Key areas of interest include the related pathologies of atherosclerosis, obesity, type II diabetes, and nonalcoholic liver disease. My laboratory uses a combination of gene targeting and viral vectors for gene delivery to investigate the physiology of lipid metabolism in model organisms, and identify potential new therapeutic targets.

Selected Publications

Memberships

American Heart Association
Cardiovascular Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine
Diabetes Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Digestive Diseases Center, Texas Medical Center