Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia (US)
Languages Spoken: English
Degree and Institution: Bachelor of Science in Biochemical Engineering, University of Georgia
Previous Work Experience:
- Wellstar Kennestone Vascular Surgery Department - observational internship
- New Materials Institute at UGA - lab assistant
Academic Track: Epidemiology
Career Track: Research
Career Interests: I hope to become an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC and research cancer or potentially infections diseases. I hope to be involved in research as well as work in a more active roll in epidemic management in times of crisis. I have a special interest in protecting vulnerable populations.
Favorite Algorithm and/or gene: The CCR5 gene has the potential for a mutation, called delta 32, which confers immunity to HIV. I suppose that is my favorite gene, as I find this quite interesting. The mutation was discovered by studying populations of sex workers in Kenya and recipients of contaminated blood transfusions who appeared immune to HIV.
Technical Expertise: R
Awards: Dean’s List 2015-2016
My favorite scientist: Alice Hamilton, a pathologist in the 1900s who focused on workplace safety and the dangers of industrial substances.
Favorite research paper: Zhu, Z., Gorman, M., ... Chheda, M. (2017). Zika virus has oncolytic activity against glioblastoma stem cells. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 214(10), 2843-2857. doi: 10.1084/jem.20171093 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5626408/ I admire the creative thinking of this paper because it applies a low tech solution (an already existing virus) to a complex problem (a nearly inoperable type of cancer) by identifying a key trait of the virus (it does not attack developed cells).
Extracurricular Activities: Rowing Team, Animal Shelter Volunteer
Why QBS?. This program seems to be right in line with the interests and job requirements of the CDC, where I have always wanted to work.
QBS MS Experience
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Life at Dartmouth:
--When I am not in lab/school I run, do yoga, read, work with shelter dogs, row, paint, and play the ukulele.