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MGM Graduate Student
Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Research Interests: Microbial Pathogenesis
Although I was born in Brindisi, Italy, I grew up in South Dakota. My desire to go somewhere that did not have a palace made of corn took me to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. After realizing my future did not involve plants or fruit flies, I joined Dr. George O'Toole's laboratory and studied c-di-GMP mediated suppression of swarming motility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Being a member of the O'Toole laboratory was an invaluable experience for me and inspired me to continue my studies in microbial pathogenesis in graduate school.
I chose to come to Duke University because I believe the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis fosters a collaborative environment that yields profound and productive research. I am spending my second rotation in Dr. Andrew Alspaugh's laboratory. His laboratory studies the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans.
When I am not in the lab, you will, undoubtedly, find me outside, usually rock climbing.
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