Amy received a B.S. in Aquaculture and Fisheries Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 1998. She came to work for both Dr. D'Amato as well as the late Dr. Judah Folkman in 2000. She continues to provide animal resource support for the Vascular Biology Program here at Boston Children's under the leadership of Dr. Marsha Moses. Amy manages our lab and provides technical support for experiments. She specializes in in vivo assays.
The lab uses the corneal micropocket assay extensively. This procedure allows us to examine the effect of angiogenic modifiers in a live system in an immune privileged environment. We are also able to use it to investigate genetic variation among strains of mice. The assay can be used to assess both angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis. We have published several GWAS studies using this technique. You can find more information about this in the Projects section. Click below to see our publication detailing the corneal micropocket assay in the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE).