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MGM Graduate Student (2012)
0045 CARL Building/Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Research interests: Host-pathogen interactions
I was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Prior to attending Duke, I earned my MS in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University and conducted my thesis research in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Department under the direction of Dr. Egbert Hoiczyk. While at Johns Hopkins, I studied a novel polysaccharide found in the Myxococcus xanthus soil bacterium and worked to determine its structure and role in osmoregulation of the cell. Previously, I completed my BS in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and minor in Chemistry at Salisbury University. At Salisbury University, I worked in the lab of Dr. Mark Frana studying the presence and source of Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis in Maryland and Delaware shore sediment. My experience in both labs ingrained in me a passion for research and has greatly influenced my decision to pursue a PhD. Here at Duke, I am a member of Dr. Micah Luftig’s lab where I study the DNA damage response in EBV infected B cells.
When I am not in the lab, I love to dance (ballet, jazz, and contemporary). I also love to travel, and am new to the area, so I am quite excited to explore North Carolina and the South.