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Research Interests: Infectious disease, host-pathogen interactions
I grew up in the St. Louis, MO area and received my BS in Microbiology from Indiana University. Upon graduation, I moved back to St. Louis and worked as a technician in Dr. David Wang's laboratory at Washington University. There, I worked on characterization of the first viruses found to naturally infect C. elegans and C. briggsae. My work in the Wang laboratory produced in me an interest in host-pathogen interactions, particularly how microbes can evade the host.
I did my first rotation in the Heitman lab where I performed a screen in order to find epimutants that were conferring resistance to FK506 in Cryptococcus neoformans. I then further characterized these epimutants to determine if they were exhibiting this resistance due to RNAi silencing. I am currently doing my second rotation in the Steinbach lab where I am investigating the role of myosin in calcineurin localization in Aspergillus fumigatus.
In my spare time, I enjoy crocheting, cooking, watching Cardinals baseball, and spending time with my boyfriend, Michael, and our dog, James.
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