Research Interests: host-pathogen interactions, microbial pathogenesis
A Durham native, I started researching at Duke my junior year of high school in Dr. Xinnian Dong’s lab where I studied plant-microbe interactions. I continued to pursue research with Dr. Dong over the summers while I attended Davidson College and received my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Dance. At Davidson, I worked with Dr. Karen Hales to study the role of PINK1 and Parkin in mitochondrial morphogenesis during Drosophila spermatogenesis. During my senior year, I established a collaboration between Dr. Dong’s lab at Duke and Dr. Patricia Peroni at Davidson to pursue an honors thesis exploring calcium dynamics during plant innate immunity.
I returned to Duke through the Cell and Molecular Biology program and joined Dr. Meta Kuehn’s lab in the department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. In Dr. Kuehn’s lab, I study the role of bacterial outer membrane vesicles in eliciting plant innate immune responses with the goal of uncovering the mechanisms through which bacteria use vesicles to interact with plant hosts.
Outside of lab, I enjoy dancing, playing the cello, and hanging out with friends in the Eno River State Park. I also love watching live music and dance performances throughout the year and taking advantage of the American Dance Festival in the summer!