Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, vaccine development, virology, bacteriology
I grew up near Jacksonville Florida, and did my undergrad at Berry College. There I majored in both Biochemistry and Biology, and performed research in Dr. Christopher Hall’s Immunology and Parasitology lab. My research focus in this lab was to profile the cytokine expression of a choriocarcinoma cell line, upon infection with T. cruzi, to better understand both host-pathogen interactions and vertical transmission. During this time I also performed research at the CDC, working in the Rickettsial Zoonosis Branch of the Division of Vector Borne Disease. Here I utilized IFA to examine the prevalence of wildlife from Berry College’s campus that was seropositive for rickettsial pathogens.
Duke was my number one choice because of how well the faculty members research matched my own interests. I also really enjoyed the sense of community I felt not only with the other students, but also the faculty.
When I am not in lab I enjoy playing a wide range of sports, as well as going hunting, fishing, and hiking. I am also an avid Patriots fan and enjoy watching movies.