I received my B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry
from the University of Texas at El Paso. During my undergraduate education, I
worked in the parasitology laboratory of Dr. Rosa Maldonado, where my project
entailed characterizing the Trypanosoma brucei
and Leishmania major Methionine
Aminopeptidase-1 (MetAP1) enzymes. My job was to express the MetAP1s in an E.coli bacterial system with genomic DNA
as a starting point, and to follow-up with purification and enzymatic activity
assays of the recombinant proteins. The ultimate goal of this project was to
characterize and validate MetAP1 as a potential chemotherapeutic target against
trypanosomatids. Apart from research at my undergraduate institution, I spent a
summer as an intern at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR). At
NIBR I joined the Protein Production and Analytics group under the guidance of
Dr. Anne London to evaluate the effect on cell line choice and feed strategies
on protein titer in various mammalian cell lines using analytical protein A
chromatography. Methods involved were stable cell line scale up, protein
purification, transient transfections, and analytical HPLC method development.
My current research interests are pretty broad and include
biochemistry, molecular biology, and structural biology. Overall, I am fascinated by the various
biological structures that take action within a cell and I am interested in
studying the role of these structures at the molecular level. I hope to further develop and define my
interests as classes and lab rotations get started.
In my spare time, I enjoy being with family, traveling, art
museums, learning languages, and music. I am excited in exploring NYC and look
forward to a great experience at Columbia University.