I am a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the Duke University Center for Aging and the Study of Human Development working with Terrie E. Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi.
I work at the intersection of genetics, the social and behavioral sciences, and public health. My research program focuses on the developmental genetic epidemiology of chronic disease and later-life social gradients in health. This program leverages cutting edge genome science and longitudinal data from population-based cohorts to identify mechanisms that cause accelerated health decline in older age. I take a life span approach that encompasses research on cohorts of children, young and middle-aged adults, and older adults. My goal is is to understand why socioeconomically disadvantaged populations suffer increased morbidity and early mortality, and to devise strategies for intervention to mitigate this health inequality.