Graduate Student
Department of Pathology 1194 Medical Laboratories 500 Newton Rd University of Iowa Iowa City, IA 52242-1109

Education, Training and Research

I am originally from Michigan, where I gained a BS in Biochemistry from Central Michigan University, and completed undergraduate research investigating the molecular mechanisms of tau degeneration and aggregation in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. After completing my undergraduate degree, I decided to transplant myself to Iowa to pursue a Master’s degree in Pathology. Here at the University of Iowa, I have had the good fortune of meeting Dr. Munir Tanas, and joining his research lab to investigate how dysregulation of the Hippo Pathway and activation of TAZ (WWTR1) and YAP1 contributes to sarcomas. In my research endeavors, I am passionate about understanding the mechanisms of disease development/progression, as well as the identification and application of novel therapies.


  1. Fullenkamp CA, Hall SL, Jaber OI, Pakalniskis BL, Savage EC, Savage JM, Ofori-Amanfo GK, Lambertz AM, Ivins SD, Stipp CS, Miller BJ, Milhem MM, Tanas MR. TAZ and YAP are frequently activated oncoproteins in sarcomas.Oncotarget. 2016 Apr 25. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.8979.