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MGM Graduate Student (2012)
0049 CARL/Box 3054 DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Research interests: Host-pathogen interactions, genetics, translational medicine
I was born and raised in Michigan, and I attended Michigan State University for my BS in Microbiology. There I spent three years in Dr. Barbara Sears’s plant genetics lab studying how various stress and lifecycle conditions affected Chlamydomonas reinhardtii chloroplast genetics and mutagenesis. I also did a summer internship at Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany, where I worked with Dr. Nicole Linka on characterizing a novel peroxisomal ATP transporter protein in Arabidopsis thaliana. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in these engaging labs, I decided I wanted to leave plant biology to pursue biomedical research for my PhD.
At Duke I joined Dr. Dennis Ko’s lab, which aims to understand the genetic basis for differences in susceptibility to infection and related inflammatory disorders through a combination of experimental and computational approaches. I have identified a novel Salmonella effector which activates an anti-inflammatory pathway during infection. My main project focuses on characterizing the effect and mechanisms of this novel effector on the pathogenesis of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in cell culture and mouse models.
In addition to lab work, I am pursuing my interest in translational medicine as part of the 2015-2016 Duke Scholars in Infectious Disease program. I am also an active member of Duke WiSE (Women in Science & Engineering). Outside of science, I enjoy live music, reading, and traveling.