Research Interest: I am originally from Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University-Kingsville with my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. I began undergraduate research as a sophomore in the Yi Li lab where I studied obesity related gene expression and type 2 diabetes. Specifically, I studied the effects of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in muscle cells and adipocytes. Following graduation, I participated in a doctoral bridge program at Texas State University in the Ronald Walter lab where I studied gene expression patterns induced by fluorescent light exposure in zebrafish using RNA-seq.
Personal Interests: Outside of lab I enjoy traveling, music festivals, cooking, and spending time with my Labrador retriever Mia.
Gonzalez, T.J., Lu, Y., Boswell, M., Boswell, W., Medrano, G., Walter, S., Ellis, S., Savage, M., Varga, Z.M., Lawrence, C., Walter, R.B. (2017). Fluorescent Light Exposure Incites Acute and Prolonged Immune Responses in Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Skin. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part C, DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpc.2017.09.009.