Where did you grow up and go to school?
I grew up in Hawaii, received a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.
Why did you decide to pursue science?
I enjoy nature and uncovering its secrets. My first instinct was to be an oceanographer but somehow got stuck on a tangent studying pathogenic viruses.
Why did you choose to come to BCM?
I came here because of the outstanding and diverse resources and expertise at BCM and within the Texas Medical Center. We have a collegial and collaborative environment for research that supports exploration and development of innovative new ideas.
What are your research interests?
My main interests are HIV virus-host cell interactions, pathogenesis, and cure strategies, but my lab also studies SARS-CoV-2.
How do you like to spend your time when not in the lab?
I like to be outdoors biking, fishing, or caring for the garden, so I appreciate the mild climate. I also enjoy sampling the diverse cuisine offered by Houston’s multicultural population.