Graduate Student Directory
Research Interest: Host-microbe interactions
I was born in Texas, but I have lived in NC since 2001. I completed undergraduate studies at a rival university a few miles away in 2009, where I got a degree from the School of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. While an undergraduate, I worked at the ITS Response Center fixing computers and did two brief stints of undergraduate research (one in electroanalytical chemistry and the other in stable isotope mass spectrometry).
After deciding that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life designing water filters or fixing computers, I went to work in a Physiology and Genetics lab that was using genetically engineered mouse models to understand the role of peptide hormone signaling in cardiovascular pathophysiology. This experience gave me a strong foundation in microscopy, molecular biology and genetics, and helped cement my interest in biological sciences.
My current research interests are in host-microbe interactions and innate immunity, and I have strong technical interests in microscopy and image analysis as well as gene editing.
Outside of lab, I enjoy endurance running, cooking (and eating), brewing beer, target shooting, SCUBA and traveling.
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