received my BS in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.
Upon graduating, my passion for science and education led me to join Teach For
America, a national service corps committed to providing quality education in
under-privileged public schools. In this capacity, I taught high school biology
and forensics for two years in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Although teaching was
phenomenally rewarding and equally fun, my desire to learn more about, and
contribute directly to science drew me strongly to graduate school.
just finished completing my MA in Biotechnology at Columbia University. I am
hoping that I can integrate the knowledge I've gained during this time, into my
studies here in the PhD program.
current research interests stem from my previous experiences with developmental
biology. Most recently I worked in Dr. Tulle Hazelrigg's lab to study the role
of a histone methyl transferase, Eggless, in the somatic cyst stem cells and
cyst cells of the Drosophila testes. However, I would be thrilled to explore
other facets of biology, and working with different model organisms.
of school, I enjoy spending time outdoors - whether it be reading, eating, or
connecting with new people... I just think its more fun to be sitting on the
grass or strolling by the river. Thank goodness for Riverside Park!