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MGM Graduate Student (2013)
0047 CARL Building
Box 3053 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, Virology
I am originally from Buffalo, NY and completed my undergraduate study at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I graduated with a degree in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology and a minor in Computer Science. During my undergraduate study, I worked in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Lodge studying algal cleanup of waste water and bacterial degradation of pharmaceuticals. While I did not choose to pursue environmental studies, the research sparked my interest in the power of microbes and therefore led me to the program in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke.
I officially joined the Horner Lab in April of 2014. My interests lie at the intersection of cell biology and virology and I am fascinated by the way viruses can commandeer host mechanisms to use to their own advantage. Within the Horner Lab, I am studying how clathrin adaptor proteins and host trafficking pathways are involved in Hepatitis C virus assembly.
When I am not in the lab, I can usually be found enjoying the North Carolina sunshine, something we don’t see too much of in Buffalo. I play on the Duke Club field hockey team and also enjoy running, hiking and playing tennis. I am also an avid Buffalo sports fan – Go Bills!