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MGM Graduate Student
426 CARL Building
Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Research Interests: Virus/host interactions, viral oncology, RNA biology
I was born and raised in the town of Richland, Washington on the eastern dry side of Washington State. For my undergraduate education, I went to Washington State University in Pullman (home of the PAC10's worst football team) and graduated with my bachelor's in Genetics and Cell Biology in 2009. While at WSU, I worked in the lab of Dr. John Wyrick studying chromatin and telomeric silencing in yeast. Directly after graduation, I was hired on as a lab tech for Dr. William Davis, also of WSU, to study the DNA Damage Response in various histone mutants as well as to help with the day-to-day running of the lab. Both were amazing experiences that prepared me very well for graduate studies here at Duke.
I was drawn to the MGM program at Duke because of the strong pathogenesis background as well as the highly collaborative atmosphere. I eventually joined the lab of Dr. Micah Luftig where I study Epstein-Barr Virus infection of primary human B cells. More specifically, my work focuses on the regulation of the crucial viral oncoprotein LMP1 as well as characterizing the global changes in RNA dynamics over the course of infection.
Outside the lab, I enjoy the beautiful North Carolina weather, trips to the beaches, trips to the mountains, playing racquetball, and most of all finding new tasty restaurants to try in Durham.
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