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 Biochemistry/Biophysics seemed like the perfect combination of those two subjects for me to pursue a degree in. So far, I am enjoying my classes and being able to do research here has given me hands-on learning that you just 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 using the protease Trypsin. By incubating E.coli lysate with the protease for different lengths of time, we see a degradation of proteins in the lysate until only the most stable ones are left. In the future we will use mass spectrometry to identify these proteins, and SDS-trapping to quantify their energy levels.
Outside of the lab I am an active sister of Alpha Gamma Delta, serve as Institute Relations for weR: The Spirit of Rensselaer Society, and am in the White Key Honor Society. In my spare time enjoy relaxing in the sun, and visiting my family in New Hampshire.