Dr. Flood earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1995 and her doctorate from Tufts University in 1999. She is board certified in pediatrics as well as pediatric hematology/oncology. She has been serving as an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where she has been performing research and seeing patients since 2006.
As part of her NHF Career Development Award, Dr. Flood will study the common variants and interactions of the von Willebrand factor molecule as a means to enhance overall understanding and eventually improve upon current methods of von Willebrand disease testing. Using mouse models, she will investigate diagnostic alternatives by examining the interaction between ristocetin and its ability to bind to von Willebrand factor. As Dr. Flood states in her summary, "Improved testing for VWD will prevent patients with normal VWF function from receiving unnecessary treatment, while allowing more accurate assessment of patients with true defects in VWD."