Graduate Student Directory
0049 CARL Building
Box 3053 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, Virology
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and completed my undergraduate study at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I started with a major in Bioinformatics, though after a few internships, realized computational biology was not for me and switched my major to Biotechnology. It wasn't until my third year that I got involved in undergraduate research and realized how much I enjoyed wet lab science. I worked in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Lodge studying algal cleanup of waste water and other microbial bio-remediation. While I did not choose to pursue environmental studies, the research sparked my interest in the power of microbes, and therefore, led me to the program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke.
I officially joined the Horner Lab in April of 2014. I am currently most interested in the ways in which microbes commandeer host mechanisms to use to their own advantage. Within the Horner Lab, I am studying one particular hepatitis C viral protein, NS4A, and its interactions with host proteins, specifically in the context of virion assembly.
When I’m not in the lab, I can usually be found enjoying the North Carolina sunshine, something we don’t see too much of in Buffalo. I play on the Duke Club field hockey team and also enjoy running, hiking and playing tennis. I am an avid Buffalo sports fan (Go Bills!), and I love to read and enjoy crafting of any kind.
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