I was born in Chicago (go Bulls!)
but grew up almost entirely in northern NJ, about 5 miles from Columbia. I attended Wellesley College for my
undergraduate studies, during which time I became interested in genetics and
molecular/cellular biology. After graduating
from college, I worked as a research assistant in labs at Yale University and
Eastern Virginia Medical School.
During my time at Yale, I studied
the role of two novel genes in the development of the C. elegans germ line and also contributed to the C. elegans modENCODE project, a highly
collaborative research consortium that aims to identify all sequence-based
elements of the C. elegans genome. At EVMS, I studied the role of two families
of microRNAs in the development of C.
elegans by creating double, triple, and quadruple mutants and investigated
the functional redundancy of microRNAs within and across families. I have been so incredibly fortunate to have
had the chance to work in very supportive and collaborative research
environments in the past, and I am very much looking forward to becoming a part
of the Columbia University research community.
In my free time, I enjoy spending
time with my husband, family, and friends.
I am an avid hot/Bikram yoga practitioner; come fall, if I'm not at Columbia
or at home, I'm probably sweating it out in the hot room. I also enjoy walking around the city, going
to art museums, and sitting on a beach doing nothing.