Research Interests: Host microbe interactions
I grew up on Merritt Island on the space coast of Florida. For my undergraduate degree, I studied in Gainesville at the University of Florida. It was here that I pursued my B.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science. I began work my second year in a microbiology lab under the advisement of Dr. Graciela Lorca and Dr. Claudio Gonzalez. This research was focused on the characterization of small molecule interactions that modulate the activity of various transcriptional regulators in Lactobacillus brevis. More specifically, I investigated the ability of flavonoids to directly interface with key residues of a LysR family transcription factor mediating its ability to induce expression of genes involved in the degradation of plant phenolic compounds.
My passion for research influenced my decision to pursue a graduate education in microbiology and genetics following my graduation in the spring of 2013. I chose to come to Duke due to the presence of a diverse array of research interests. It is here that I hope to build upon my interests in bacteriology and host microbe interactions.
Recently, I have joined the lab of Dr. John Rawls where I will be studying the regulation of microbially responsive genes in the intestine using a zebrafish model.
Outside of lab, I enjoy shopping, listening to music, and watching movies. I also enjoy hanging out with friends and watching college football.