Biochemistry & Biophysics
I have loved science my entire life. My biology and chemistry teachers were an integral part of my time in high school. They supported and encouraged my decision to continue my higher education in Biochemistry and Biophysics at RPI. RPI proved to be the ideal place for me to pursue my interests. When invited to apply to the Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. Program there was no way I could pass up on the opportunity.
After entering the program in the fall of 2013 I took part in three research rotations. The first was with Dr. Richard Gross synthesizing oligopeptides. Dr. Wilfredo Colón's lab was next where I worked on applying methods to study kinetically stable proteins and their unfolding rates. Last but not least, in Dr. Catherine Royer's lab I used microscopy to study a protein responsible for triggering the SOS response in bacteria exposed to high amounts of pressure. I finally decided to continue my undergraduate and graduate career researching under Professor Colón.
Outside of research, I enjoy playing flute, trombone, singing, and hanging out with friends. I am an active part of the RPI's Concert Choir, Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra, and am part of the Women at Rensselaer Mentor Program.