I was pretty busy at SLU, both in and out of the Biology Department. I was a tour guide for two years and a mentor in the WORD Studio for three years. I was also active in student government, serving as a representative in the Thelomathesian Society. My senior honors thesis was performed in Dr. Ana Estevez's lab, where we studied how a specific protein, AIF, might be activated in the hippocampus during programmed cell death in response to low oxygen and nutrients.
Since graduating from SLU, I've pursued a Ph.D. in Cell Biology in Dr. Tony Bretscher's lab at Cornell. I'm trying to understand how a myosin motor delivers secretory vesicles to cell growth sites. Specifically, I'm working on how the myosin interacts with these vesicles and how its release from these vesicles is coordinated with other essential processes in exocytosis. I'm currently in my last year as a graduate student and hope to continue to do research related to membrane trafficking as a post-doctoral fellow. In the future, I could see myself teaching at a small college.