215 Jones Building/Box 3020 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Phone: (919) 668-9234
Fax: (919) 684-2790
Research Interest: Inflammatory pathways, calcium signaling, and the zebrafish as a model discovering host-directed therapies for mycobacterial infections
I am originally from Ohio and Florida, but have been calling the Old North State (NC) my home since 2008. I attended NC State for undergraduate, where I majored in chemistry and worked in the genetics lab of David Threadgill. There, I was very interested in the heritability of telomeres in the inbred mouse strains coming out of the Collaborative Cross. At NC State, I also worked as a DJ and manager for the college radio station, WKNC (give it a listen–881 FM), where my love for the Triangle community and its related music scene began. Upon coming to Duke in 2012, I rotated in a wide array of labs–from cardiovascular disease modeling in mice to deep-sea anemone population genetics–and decided to call the Tobin lab my home. Here, I am generally interested in inflammatory pathways, calcium signaling, and the zebrafish as a model discovering host-directed therapies for mycobacterial infections. I am a huge fan of the genetic tractability and ease of microscopy that the zebrafish offers. I look forward to developing my skills as a microbiologist while refining my understanding of the zebrafish innate immune system.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring my communities locally and globally. The picture shown here is taken in Da Lat, Vietnam, where I am soon to enjoy a crispy cricket snack.