Dr. Foster earned her PhD Biomedical Sciences with a concentration Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine in 2007. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from The College of New Jersey in 2001. Dr. Foster currently is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiology at East Tennessee State University. Her research examines the molecular and cellular basis of myocardial remodeling following heart failure. She has presented her work at several local and national meetings, and co-authored work in the areas of cardiovascular physiology and heart failure, and infectious diseases. In addition to her research, Dr. Foster served as an instructor in the Science Division at Northeast State Technical Community College and the Ronald McNair Post Baccalaureate Summer Program at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Foster is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre Doctoral Minority Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health, the Appalachian Student Research Forum, and the Minority Trainee Research Forum Travel Award. She continuously gives back to her community. Dr. Foster serves as a community advisor for Northeast Tennessee Minority Resource Network, working to develop strategies on health awareness and prevention in communities that have a disparate burden of disease. In the past Dr. Foster has served as an Admission Committee Member for the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City.