I am currently a Tenure-Track Investigator at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Head of the NIAMS Vasculitis Translational Research Program. I completed rheumatology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and an additional two-year VCRC fellowship where I focused exclusively on vasculitis from both a clinical and research perspective. During my VCRC fellowship, I completed a Masters in Epidemiology and additional coursework related to bioinformatics. My primary interest is translational research focused on discovery of novel causal mechanisms of disease in rarer forms of systemic vasculitis, most notably Takayasu’s arteritis and relapsing polychondritis. In 2013, I accepted a position in the Intramural Program at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) within the NIH. I am founder and principal investigator of the NIAMS Vasculitis Translational Research Program where to date we have prospectively evaluated over 600 patients with rare forms of vasculitis. We recently established in largest, prospective cohort of relapsing polychondritis in the world and have begun to identify causal factors in this disease. My research focus includes biomarker discovery and development through gene expression profiling and other genomic techniques, disease classification, clinical epidemiology, clinical immunology, advanced molecular imaging, human genetics, and clinical trial research. I also serve as the Acting Program Director for the NIAMS Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program and am deeply committed to mentoring young physicians and scientists in the conduct of rare disease research.
Research & Clinical Focus
[International Symposium] Vasculitis Session
Somatic mutations in rheumatologic diseases: VEXAS syndrome and beyond