I joined Duke’s CMB program in the fall of 2016 because I appreciated the scientific flexibility that it gives students during rotations as well as the many opportunities to meet a wide range of interesting faculty and students. I graduated from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA in 2014 where I worked on glucose stress and insulin signaling in C. elegans. I then worked for 2 years as a technician at UMass Medical School on C. elegans metabolism and gene regulatory networks. Although I have a strong background in worms my intention in graduate school is to work within a different model in order to both diversify my technical skills and my interests.
After experiencing the diversity of interests in MGM through lab rotations, I joined the Heitman lab in 2017. Here I study drug development for therapies against the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. I am excited to be a part of the very large medical mycology community here at Duke.
I hope to further develop my knowledge of ecology, genetics and microbiology and apply this knowledge to reducing the public health burden of infectious diseases through research.
Right now I am enjoying the Durham food and craft beer scene! I occasionally brew my own beer, I love all Boston sports (and would do anything for Tom Brady), and I am a huge movie buff.