I grew up in Baltimore, MD before moving to Delaware where I pursued my bachelors degree at the University of Delaware in biochemistry with a focus on polymer science and materials engineering. There I worked in the labs of Dr. Kristi Kiick and Dr. Millicent Sullivan where I explored the incorporation of non-viral gene delivery using a resilin-based polypeptide hydrogel system for gene delivery and tissue regeneration.
It was the molecular mechanisms of genetic manipulation that captured my interest and in coming to Duke, I pursued virology to study these mechanisms in a pathogenic context. In the Heaton lab, I am focused on exploring how surviving cells of viral infection are able to induce a temporary nonspecific antiviral immunity.
Outside of lab, I enjoy hiking, movie marathons and traveling. I also love food and have really enjoyed getting to explore Durham’s food scene.