Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry

Office: Be-135 Veterans Affairs Medical Center
1030 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis Tn 381040000
Tel: (901) 577-7282


  • PostDoc, UTHSC, Memphis, TN, Immunology
  • Ph.D., Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Biology
  • B.S., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Biology


Research description

My research involves understanding of the relationships that exist between cells in the immune system and how they can act together to protect us from autoimmunity. Although the regulatory T cell has moved to the forefront of tolerance biology, it still holds many secrets as to how it functions and how it may help us to not only treat people with autoimmune disease, but also how it might help us to prevent the development of autoimmunity in the first place.  We are currently interested in the complex symphony of interations of effector and suppressor cells that mediate pathology in both arthritis and periodontal disease.