Morgan Hill, a small town in the South Bay
I received my BS in Biology at Tufts University. As an undergrad I worked in Dr. Kelly McLaughlin’s developmental biology lab and studied the effects of transmembrane voltage potentials on organ development in Xenopus laevis, particularly the cement gland.
I have always had a fascination with the eye because the richness of information that we gather from our environment through eyesight is invaluable. The VS program at UC Berkeley merged my interests of scientific research and vision perfectly. I also was looking for a program with a multidisciplinary approach and the opportunity to be a part of translational research.
I am intrigued by diseases and how the body both prevents and combats injury and infection. As a scientist, I aim to investigate how molecular and cellular mechanisms interact within the context of the visual system in order to be at the interface of understanding specific biological phenomena and the relationship of hosts, pathogens, and their environment. I hope to make discoveries that contribute to novel therapies to treat or prevent infections.
I still am not sure if I want to go into industry or academia, although I am leaning towards industry. However, I am looking forward to having some teaching experience and learning about what both pathways entail. I hope that my research will have a global impact on society.
I love to be outdoors and am so excited to be back in California soaking up the sun. I enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, kayaking, snowboarding, running, and traveling.