College of Dentistry
Research Interests: Virology, Molecular Genetics, Immunology
Academic Awards: Emerging Scholars Program 2017
Organizations: Gators for Doctors without Borders, UF Food Science and Human Nutrition Club, UF Baha'i Association ,
Volunteer: Dental Assistant at the UF College of Dentistry, Junior Youth group animator, Medical Mission trips to Nicaragua and Guatemala
Hobbies and Interests: Cooking, cutting hair, video production, being outdoors.
Host reprogramming by the essential viral factor RTA during KSHV reactivation in primary effusion lymphoma cells
The purpose of the project is to prove and investigate the mechanism by which viral transcription factor RTA acts on the host (human) genome. This RTA protein is expressed in viruses within the Herpes family such as Kaposi's-Sarcoma associated Herpes Virus (KSHV) and Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). Our study is on KSHV and is part of a larger scale investigation on how this virus relates to oral health and cancer