Graduate Student Directory
Research Interests: Host-Pathogen interactions
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and did 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 wastewater and other microbial bioremediation. 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 am currently most interested in the ways in which microbes affect their hosts; both in situations of symbiosis and disease.
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 love to read and enjoy crafting of any kind.
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