I am primarily interested in host-pathogen interactions. As an undergraduate at Colorado State University, I worked with Dr. Diane Ordway studying Mycobacterium tuberculosis in a biosafety level 3 laboratory. During my first year laboratory rotations I studied mouse mammary tumor virus in the Dudley lab, Ebola and adenoviruses in the Croyle lab and murine cytomegalovirus in the Upton lab. My current thesis work is to elucidate the genes that Pseudomonas aeruginosa requires to cause chronic wound infections in mice with a variety of predisposing conditions, such as diabetes. I am also working to elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying P. aeruginosa’s requirement for glutathione biosynthesis during chronic wound infections. After graduation, I plan to continue infectious disease research.
I was born and raised in Broomfield, CO. I earned my undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, with a major in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Microbiology and Sociology. In my free time I like to travel and explore new places, and I enjoy running, the outdoors, cooking, video games, and reading.
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