I joined Duke’s CMB program in the fall of 2016 because I appreciated the scientific flexibility that it gives students during rotations as well as the many opportunities to meet a wide range of interesting faculty and students. I graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2014 where I worked on glucose stress and insulin signaling in C. elegans. I then worked for 2 years as a technician at UMass Medical School on C. elegans metabolism and gene regulatory networks. Although I have a strong background in worms my intention in graduate school is to work within a different model in order to both diversify my technical skills and my interests.
Right now I am enjoying the Durham food and craft beer scene! I occasionally brew my own beer, I love all Boston sports (and would do anything for Tom Brady), and I am a huge movie buff.
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Watson E, Olin-Sandoval V, Hoy MJ, et al. Metabolic network rewiring of propionate flux compensates vitamin B12 deficiency in C. elegans. Eaton S, ed.eLife. 2016;5:e17670. doi:10.7554/eLife.17670.