The Scientist


High School
2002 – 2006
Suncoast High School
IB Diploma
Undergraduate Degree
2006 – 2010
University of Louisville 
BSc Biology
Masters Degree
2011 – 2015
University of South Florida
MSc Health Sciences
MSc Neuroscience
2013 – 2017
University of South Florida 
PhD Neuroscience

Current Position

In 2017, she completed her PhD in Neuroscience in which her dissertation focused on the potential role of HIV antiretroviral Efavirenz on HIV associated neurocognitive disorders. She is currently a Future Leaders Program Associate at GlaxoSmithKline.


  • Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP), headed by Moses Williams Ph.D. at Temple University. PSTP aims to increase the number of minorities pursuing this degree as well as the MD.  
  • Temple University: She studied the immunomodulatory effects of mu-opioid agonists on inflammation within the blood-brain-barrier and HIV-1 infection.
    • U937 cells used to conclude the RANTES production under stimulation
    • HL-60 cells use to conclude the MCP-1 production under stimulation
  • National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID): she studied asthma and the interaction between Regulator of G protein Signaling 13 (RGS13) and cAMP Response Element-Binding (CREB) proteins during signal transduction in mast cells and Ramos cells
  • University of Louisville
    • She studied the effect of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation-related chimerism on bone marrow transplants and diabetes in mice.
    • She studied the effects of the lack of RPS19 and treatment of 5-Fluorouracil on P53 expression and apoptosis in TF-1 cells.
  • SickKids Hospital in Toronto: She studied the mutations and evolution of pathogenic feline leukemia virus C as relates to Diamond Blackfan Anemia.
  • University of West Indies: She went back to her home country of Jamaica where she was exposed to a more clinical research and care setting in obstetrics and gynecology. At this institution she aided pregnant mothers, observed and helped deliveries and other operations, and also assisted in a clinical study related to stretch marks and the best means of reducing this physical challenges for mothers.
  • CDC/NIOSH in Morgantown, West Virginia: She investigated free radicals and reactive oxygen species in biological systems with a specific focus on chromium toxicity.
  • University of South Florida: She investigated the effect of HIV antiretroviral drugs on the early onset of  HIV associated cognitive disorders.
  • CDC/KEMRI in Kisumu, Kenya to conduct research with Dr. Clement Zeh in the area of HIV.