Hello everybody! I am a native New Yorker who spent the last
seven years living in Los Angeles, before deciding to come back to the city for
the Columbia graduate program. Throughout the course of my undergraduate
education, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Diener. Our lab focused on
the host-parasite relationship between the fungus Fusarium Oxysporum, and the
model plant line Arabidopsis. I was responsible for numerous projects with this
group, including the comparison of DNA using bioinformatics to differentiate
between a pathogenic and an innocuous line of the fungus. Computational
techniques allowed our group to isolate a particular gene for further study as
a candidate for a virulence factor.
The sheer awe and wonder behind scientific inquiry was the
greatest driving force in my decision to pursue a career in this field. While I
am interested in other fields of science, personally there is nothing more
fascinating than studying life and the mechanisms behind it. I am interested in
studying genetic development; the process by which individual cells choose
their fate is one that I greatly wish to understand further. With this
information, there is no telling how many lives could be greatly improved.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing music, reading, and
writing. I am very excited to be back in New York, and even more so to embark
on this PhD program with my fellow classmates. I cannot wait to get to know all
of you! I am looking forward to all of the challenges and triumphs ahead of us.