I recently earned my PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Rand lab at Brown University. My doctoral work combined my personal interest in exercise with my academic interests in genetics and organismal biology and prepared me for a career as a computational biologist working in the Biotech industry.
Flies are called flies because they fly. And yet, despite their use as a genetic model, we know surprisingly little about the genetic modifiers affecting flight in a natural setting…until now!
Flies’ ability to climb is an established metric of fruit fly health. I developed a novel method to quantify this phenotype in an automated and high-throughput framework that avoids systematic bias and increases data transparency.
Extracurriculars & collaborations
What do a mind-controlling, host-parasite interaction and bacteria sequenced from a meter-long core of a New England salt pond have in common? Both were the focus of two separate interdisciplinary research projects I was a part of.
Through college and Graduate School, I’ve worked to promote physical, mental and emotional health through exercise. Student Wellness Optimal Living Environment (SWOLE), Astronaut Training, and University-wide subcommittee work are just a few of my outreach efforts.
Once a college swimmer, now a group fitness instruc a former collegiate swimmer, I’ve found a new calling in triathlons and leading group fitness classes (in person and online).
Perspective can make big things look small and small things look big. I enjoy working with my my dog and some action figures (separately) to look at the world through a different lens.
I am planning to transition my knowledge, technical and soft skills into the Boston Biotech space. Ideally, my current direction is set for the health data science and/or personalized genomic medicine space where I can leverage individuals’ genetic and other high throughput “-omics” data to provide insights into complex disease diagnosis, management, and treatment.
Feel free to reach out regarding any questions about academic or non-academic information, as well as collaborative and career opportunities.