Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions
I grew up in southern New Hampshire and attended college at Tufts University in Somerville, MA. As an undergraduate, I worked in the lab of Dr. Catherine Freudenreich, studying the interactions between histone modifications and DNA repair pathways occurring at trinucleotide repeat loci. After graduating, I worked for two years as a research technician at MIT’s Koch Institute in the lab of Dr. Robert Langer. There, I worked on projects that used chemically modified RNA to enhance the delivery and efficiency of CRISPR genome editing technologies. At Duke, I am a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology program, and decided to join MGM and the lab of Dr. Jörn Coers. In the Coers lab, I will be studying how mammalian cells target and destroy intracellular Chlamydia species through ubiquitination of its vacuolar niche, and how bacterial species might be able to evade this molecular defense.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and listening to music promoted by pretentious culture blogs.