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Matilda R. Wilson Endowed Chair, Associate Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University

I am an associate professor and the Matilda R. Wilson Endowed Research Chair of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and I am the director of the Gastrointestinal Stress Biology Laboratory at Michigan State University. Centered and the intersection of human and animal health, my research focuses on the pathophysiology of stress-induced gastrointestinal disorders. My current areas of research focus include:

1) Early life trauma/stress on GI neuroimmune development and disease risk across the lifespan
2) Mechanisms of sex differences in mast cells and mast cell-associated disease
3) Impacts of stress and peripheral innate immune activation in brain-gut axis dysfunction

I received funding from the NIH and USDA. I am passionate about training the next generation of scientists, and my past trainees have received numerous research recognition awards themselves.


  • 2015–present
    Associate Professor and Matilda Wilson Endowed Chair, Michigan State University


  • 2008 
    North Carolina State University, DVM
  • 2006 
    North Carolina State University , PhD
  • 2000 
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS