We primarily focus on the identification and treatment of Gram-positive infections of various types.

In recent years, we have expanded to detection of endocarditis in our new piglet models for both right and left-sided endocarditis. We have also begun to study the mechanism of bacterial meningitis development by Strep. pneumonia via novel host skull channels.

Current research is at the crossroads of molecular imaging, biochemistry and infectious disease research. Our goal is to better understand how certain bacteria are able to cause human disease and in turn we seek to use this knowledge against the microbe to detect specific sites of infections and identify the casual pathogen.

PhD, Vanderbilt University, Cellular and Molecular Pathology, 2004
MS, Vanderbilt University, Biochemistry, 1999
BS, University of Montevallo, Chemistry, 1996
American Heart Association
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
American Society for Microbiology
The American Society of Hematology
The Society of Molecular Imaging