Research Interests: Microbial Pathogenesis
I am from Dayton, Ohio and I graduated from Denison University, a small liberal arts school near Columbus, Ohio, in May of 2015 with a degree in Biology. My undergraduate research consisted of a combination of developmental biology and genetics. Under the guidance of my research advisor, Dr. Eric Liebl, I examined the relationship between a Rho-Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor, Trio, and a pan-neurally expressed zinc-finger TF, Sequoia, in order to discover the location of the developmentally mutant interaction in Drosophilia melanogaster using an inducible gene switch Gal4-UAS system.
I chose to attend Duke University largely based on how the faculty and other graduate students seemed so positive and relatable. I knew I would feel comfortable and supported in the MGM program through both the great successes of my graduate school experience and during the inevitable rough times of my career. In short, Duke MGM seemed like a family I wanted to be a part of.
I am currently a member of the Alspaugh lab studying Cryptococcus neoformans, a pathogenic fungus. I am particularly interested in how this pathogen adapts to different environments in order to survive in the human host. I love being a part of the fungal community here at Duke and I am so thankful for the supportive and positive environment my mentor and lab mates provide.
Outside of lab I enjoy yoga, dance, exploring life in Durham, and biking to lab. I am also a huge Buckeyes fan and LOVE college football!