When I was growing up, I always eager to learn as much as possible about the natural world. In high school, I narrowed my focus to biology and performed some research on chemotherapeutic drug delivery. In my first few semesters at RPI, I narrowed that further into cell and molecular biology. In order to get working as quickly as possible in a field I knew I would enjoy, I applied to the accelerated BS/PhD Program.
In my sophomore year, I did two rotations. The first of these was in Dr. Chunyu Wang’s lab, in which the shape of Aβ peptides, believed to be integral for Familiar Alzheimer’s Disease, were characterized by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. The second of these was in Dr. Lee Ligon’s lab, in which I worked on the culture of epithelial cells in an environment mimicking the basement membrane in order to determine the effects on cell polarity and changes in microtubules. I ultimately decided to continue my work in the Ligon Lab for the remainder of my undergraduate and graduate career.
When not culturing and imaging cells, I often find myself writing fiction, reading about constructing narrative, doing improv, and relaxing.