Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, OX3 7LE
MSc (Res) student
I obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, where my undergraduate studies focused on coursework related to the US and world health care systems, diseases and disabilities, the role of health care providers in prevention and treatment, research methods, and understanding core public health. During my undergraduate career, I was an active member of multiple organizations that emphasized public health service and volunteer opportunities within the Gainesville community and globally.
I am currently a first-year MSc research student within the Oxford Consortium for Islet Transplantation, headed by Dr Paul Johnson. My research focuses on the culture of islets in UW (University of Wisconsin) cold storage. Pancreatic islet transplantation is a minimally invasive treatment that has the potential to reverse Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in selected patients. Currently, there is an estimated 20/30% loss of islets during the culture period. Understanding the molecular evidence behind the successful culture of islets in UW cold storage will allow us to challenge longstanding global assumptions surrounding the most effective culture solution for human islets.