Biochemistry & Biophysics
In high school, science was always my strong suit and I was drawn to both chemistry and biology because of the amazing phenomena and corresponding explanations that each field has to offer. Naturally, when applying to college the major of Biochemistry/Biophysics seemed like the perfect combination of those two subjects for me to pursue a degree in. Being able to do research has given me invaluable hands-on learning that one cannot get from a lecture.
I was accepted into the Accelerated BS/PhD Program in the Fall of 2011. After doing rotations in the labs of Dr. Pankaj Karande and Dr. Linda McGown, I settled into doing research in the lab of Dr. Wilfredo Colόn. I am currently developing a method to isolate kinetically stable proteins in human blood plasma using proteinase K. By incubating the blood plasma with this protease for different lengths of time, we see a degradation of proteins in the plasma until only the most stable ones are left. In the future, we will use this technique to identify characteristic proteins in the blood plasma of different demographics of people such as old versus young, and diseased versus healthy.
Outside of the lab, I am an active in the Greek community on campus as a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta and as a member of the Greek Judicial Board. I was a founding officer of weR: The Spirit of Rensselaer Society, have served as a mentor for incoming freshman girls in the Women’s Mentor Program and was inducted into the White Key Honor Society. In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing in the sun and visiting my family in New Hampshire.