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Research Assistant Professor, East Carolina University


  • Ph.D., Bioenergetics and Exercise and Sports Science, East Carolina University, 2011
  • M.S., Biology, East Carolina University, 2005
  • B.S., Biology, East Carolina University, 2001


My lab’s research program aims to investigate the effects of exposure to environmental contaminants on bioenergetics at both the whole-body level and within specific physiological systems, such as the immune system, liver and skeletal muscle. Our primary objective is to uncover novel mechanisms related to metabolism, fuel utilization, inflammation and immunology, all of which have direct implications for public health. In particular, our research is focused on elucidating the molecular connections between bioenergetic disruptions at the cellular level and their impact on overall health, especially in relation to exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We are especially interested in understanding how mitochondrial energetics respond to and potentially contribute to health and disease within the general population, as well as within various subpopulations and in individuals exposed to environmental contaminants.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Molecular Biology