I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Spring 2020 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During my undergraduate career, I worked in the lab of Dr. Masahiro Shuda primarily studying the mechanism in which Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV)-associated human Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) can revert to an untransformed state and acquire a differentiated neuron-like phenotype through the viral activation of Sox2. Additionally, in 2019 I participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship- Graduation Education program at the University of Cincinnati in the lab of Dr. Jun-Lin Guan studying the role of autophagy in breast cancer. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy running, volunteering, and binge-watching tv!
PIBS 1st-Year Rotating PhD Student