Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center


Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Medical School

The Medical School for International Health, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

Board Certification

Tennessee State Board of Pharmacy

American Board of Pediatrics


Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Awards and Honors

Excellence in Conduct and Communication of Chemical Research Award, Union University The Chemistry and Physics Department, 2008

The 2018 Excellence in Research Grant. The Fifth Annual Neonatal Cardiopulmonary Biology Young Investigators Forum, Chicago, IL, 2018

The Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Award and Grant. Basic and Clinical Research. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, 2018

Outstanding Faculty Abstract Award. 11th Annual Pediatric Research Day, University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Pediatrics, 2019

The Society for Pediatric Research Fellows’ Basic Science Research Award, 2019

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics

Tennessee Medical Association

Memphis Medical Society

Society for Pediatric Research

Academic Pediatric Association

American Association for the Advancement of Science

International Society of Evidence-Based Neonatology

Society for Mucosal Immunology

American Physician Scientists Association

Association for Clinical and Translational Science

American Physiological Society

Southern Society for Pediatric Research

American Thoracic Society

Selected Research

Research Research Associate. Henrie Lab. Union Univ. Dept. of Chemistry, Jackson, TN Adviser: Sally Henrie, PhD Performed a Taguchi analysis of an ester to carboxylic acid conversion in the synthesis of a branched chiral selector adsorbent for high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Research Assistant. Gopas Lab. Ben-Gurion Univ. Dept. of Microbiology-Immunology, Beer-Sheva, Israel Adviser: Jacob Gopas, PhD Isolated and characterized a NF-kB inhibitor from Nuphar lutea during the summer. Served as liaison between the chemistry, molecular bio and botany research groups throughout the year. Developed skills coordinating a multidisciplinary team, in HPLC, cell culture and in vivo murine studies using melanoma and respiratory syncytial virus infection models.

Clinical Fellow. The Cormier and Pierre Labs. UTHSC Dept. of Pediatrics, Memphis, TN Advisers: Stephania Cormier, PhD, Joseph Pierre, PhD and Ajay Talati, MD. Project 1: Quantified the RSV viral load in 30 neonatal BXD mouse strains and defined a qualitative trait locus that modulates RSV infection in neonatal mice using a genome-wide forward genetics study with David Siefker, PhD. Abstract presented at Immunology 2017. Project 2: Primary investigator of major fellowship project. *Part 1: Prospective, nested cohort study in VLBW neonates investigating the gut microbiome as a biomarker of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) development. IRB 17-05311-XP. clinicaltrials.gov ID: NCT03229967. *Part 2: Study characterizing the mechanism of reduced microbiome diversity in modulating BPD in neonatal C57BL/6 mice. IACUC 17-046.0-A, 17-118.0-A

Clinical Fellow. The Pierre Lab UTHSC Dept. of Pediatrics, Memphis, TN Adviser: Joseph Pierre, PhD Project 1: Characterizing the effects of perinatal antibiotic exposure on weight gain in neonatal mice Project 2: Exploring the role of secondary bile acids in parenteral nutrition-related liver injury