What impact did the Sarnoff Fellowship year have on your career?
My Sarnoff Fellowship was pivotal in my career. My Sarnoff experience showed me that I really could succeed as a physician-scientist and is one major reason I find myself in research today. My Sarnoff year was also the year that I decided to do residency in internal medicine and later, fellowship in cardiology.
The Sarnoff Fellowship is different for two really important reasons. First, the Sarnoff Fellowship requires the student to go to a different institution for their fellow year. The scientific and professional exploration inherent in that —as well as the opportunity to explore a new city for a year —are priceless. Second, being a Sarnoff Fellow extends far beyond just the fellowship year. Being a Sarnoff Fellow means being part of a very special community of physician-scientists for life.
What are your professional aspirations?
I hope to continue working as a physician-scientist. My clinical training as a cardiologist and my long-standing interest in developmental biology have inspired me to pursue research at the intersection of human genetics and imaging. Animal models, such as zebrafish, remain an important way to then drill down into understanding specific mechanisms and pathways of genes uncovered by genetics and imaging research.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
I was very proud of my first first-author paper in PNAS. I was also proud when I made it through residency at MGH.
What is your most memorable Sarnoff moment?
During my fellow’s presentation at the Annual Meeting, I mentioned that the name of the zebrafish mutant I had identified during my project was called ‘breakdance.’ Everyone laughed!
What are your hobbies?
I love hiking, sailing, and salsa dancing, and I’m also learning to surf.