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 has prepared me for a high-energy and dynamic career as a computational biologist in the Biotech industry.
Insect Flight Performance
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 population…until now!
Insect Climbing Performance
Flies’ ability to climb is an established metric of their health. I developed a novel (and award-winning) approach to quantify climbing performance in an automated and high-throughput framework that avoids systematic bias and increases data transparency.
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 separate, interdisciplinary research projects I participated in during my graduate career.
Throughout my undergraduate and graduate schooling, I’ve worked to promote physical, mental and emotional health through exercise. From creating a healthy housing choice at Colby College to an initiative for free fitness classes for graduate and medical students at Brown University, I designed and implemented programs that empower students to make healthy lifestyle choices.
As a fitness and racing enthusiast, I’ve transitioned my life from the swimming pool as an NCAA Division III swimmer onto land where I am now a certified group fitness instructor. I enjoy training for triathlons, going for long road bike rides, and leading Astronaut Training, a social workout club I founded at Brown University.
Perspective can make big things look small and small things look big. I enjoy taking advantage of this phenomenon to view the world a bit differently. I pose and photograph toy dinosaurs and dolls interacting with the natural and urban worlds. Also, included are obligatory pictures of Providence’s fluffiest pup.
With my newly acquired PhD, I am planning to transition my knowledge, technical and soft skills into the Boston Biotech space. I see myself working in health data science and/or personalized genomic medicine 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 with (non-)academic questions, requests for copies of papers, as well as collaborative and career opportunities.