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Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, microbial pathogenesis
I was born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, and left the lovely Garden State to pursue my BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Johns Hopkins University. While an undergraduate, I studied the roles of microRNAs in progression to inflammatory bowel disease-related cancer in the lab of Dr. Stephen Meltzer. I earned my MS in Biotechnology/Biodefense at Johns Hopkins University and during this time, I was a research technician in the lab of Dr. Valeria Culotta. In the Culotta lab, I worked on identifying targets of manganese toxicity using metabolomics in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and also worked on characterizing superoxide dismutase activity in the Lyme disease pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferi.
I joined the MGM department at Duke University, where I am interested in studying host-pathogen interactions.
When not in lab, I love reading, watching Netflix, rooting for the Yankees and Jets, and hope to head out to a Durham Bulls game in the spring.
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