I am currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and pursued post-doctoral studies in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. I joined the Department of Surgery Faculty at UMDNJ in 1999. I am currently exploring the role of cell-cell and cell-substratum interactions in establishing spatial positioning between cells during embryonic development, malignant invasion, and tissue engineering. Our work has appeared in diverse peer-reviewed scientific journals including PNAS, Physical Review Letters, Biophysical Journal, Development, Cancer Research, Journal of Cell Science, PLoS One, and the HFSP Journal. I have received generous support from the NIH/NCI, the Department of Defense, the State of New Jersey, and the Foundation of UMDNJ.