I grew up in Milton, a town outside of Boston, MA. I became
interested in Neuroscience after a talk about neurotransmitters in my high
school chemistry class and I decided this is what I would study in college. I
attended Brandeis University for my BS in Neuroscience. After graduating I
moved to New York. I started a job at Rockefeller University where I worked as
a technician in a Developmental Neurobiology lab. Among other general lab tasks
I spent a great deal of time analyzing gene expression patterns in a subset of
key developmental regulators in the mouse cerebellum using quantitative PCR and
other methods from molecular genetics.
My interests in biology, in addition to neuroscience,
include applied biotechnology, gene regulation and expression, pattern
formation during development, evolution of prokaryote-eukaryote symbiosis and
the modulation of biogeochemical cycles orchestrated by prokaryotic organisms.
I hope to find a topic in dynamic biological systems with room for exploration
on which I can build a career in research. I am also very interested in
scientific education and the dissemination of scientific concepts to
non-specialists from the elementary school to adult level. Considering the
already major role of biotechnology in modern society and the trajectory
towards a civilization even more dependent on biological tools I think that
biological literacy is more important than ever.
Outside of the lab I really enjoy the outdoors: hiking,
biking, swimming, bird watching and searching for wildlife. I play piano every
day and occasionally the organ as well- mainly baroque and classical
repertoire. I also enjoy a good game of chess.