I came to the Gumucio Lab in January of 2008 after completing my Ph.D. in Dave McClay's lab at Duke University. During my thesis work, I developed a love for developmental biology and the complexity of communication between tissue layers during organogenesis. My specific interests are in understanding how the mesenchyme and epithelium communicate to coordinate villus morphogenesis (see below). I chose the Gumucio Lab for my post-doctoral fellowship for several reasons. Here are the main ones: the collaborative atmosphere at UM, the abundance of resources and core facilities, the amazing collection of GI experts we call the "Gut Group," an active post-doctoral association, the commitment of UM to training post-docs for excellence in teaching, the strength of the Cell and Developmental Biology Department and the Center for Organogenesis, the close connection between basic and clinical researchers allowing opportunities for translational research, and finally, Ann Arbor is a great place to live!