My current research focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying cilia motility. Motile cilia are important for numerous processes within the vertebrate organism, including circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, clearance of the respiratory tract, sperm motility, and establishment of the left-right body axis. Of particular interest to my studies is PCD, or impaired cilia movement.


  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) research
  • Screening of drug and environmental toxicity

Research Interests

  • Zebrafish, Developmental Genetics, Toxicity Screening

Academic Areas

  • Physiology

Key Words

  • Developmental biology, genetics, physiology, toxicity screening, CRISPR, zebrafish, cell biology
Biological Science, Pharmacology, Physiology, Human Anatomy
PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2007
BS, Austin Peay State University, Chemistry and Biology, 1998

Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health, 2008