Assistant Member, Vaccine and Infectious Disease and Clinical Research Divisions
Attending Physician, Infectious Disease Service, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Medicine, University of Washington
I trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA; Transplant Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA; and epidemiology/biostatics at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA. I serve as an attending physician on the Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Service at the University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). My research group is focused on clinical and translational studies to improve preventive and treatment strategies for infections in immunocompromised hosts, such as patients receiving hematopoietic cell transplantations (HCT) and CAR-T cell therapies.
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I am a research manager with the Hill Group working on projects related to understanding the immune system and the risk for infections after treatment with CAR-T cell therapy. I have a BS and MS in Nutrition & Dietetics from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon and I have a MPH in Epidemiology from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Fred Hutchinson, I was an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After working for 15 years in understanding the epidemiology of chronic diseases, I am excited to be part of the dynamic field of infectious diseases. Our impactful research will help improve preventative and treatment strategies for infections in immunocompromised populations.
I am a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Hill Group. I enjoy collaborating with our awesome team as well as our clinical and research partners at the Hutch and beyond, to develop and implement our group’s diverse and exciting research portfolio. I’m continually grateful for the opportunity my role affords me to interact with our warm, scientifically minded, and incredibly resilient research participants at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. I’m proud of the work we do and I hope it will improve health outcomes for our patients in both the short-term and the long-term. Outside of work, my partner Laura and I spend an inordinate amount of our time wrangling our headstrong husky-malamute mix around town.
I trained in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of Uster and the University Hospital of Basel in Switzerland and most recently worked as a physician at the University Hospital of Basel. I have joined the Hill group in order to focus on clinical research on infections in the immunocompromised host. It is a great experience to join this great group in a highly professional research environment.