Belle received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Geneva College in 2018. Following graduation, she worked as a research technician in the lab of Dr. Nara Lee at the University of Pittsburgh, studying the effects of post-transcriptional modifications on noncoding RNA stability. In 2020, she joined the University of Michigan to pursue a PhD in Immunology.
Sites of contact between the ER and mitochondria are critical for pancreatic beta cell health and function. Belle intends to study the dysregulation of these contacts in beta cells in the context of Type I and Type II Diabetes.
Western blot, qPCR, primary islet culture
Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Excellence in Chemistry Award, Geneva College (2018)
Dr. Roy M. Adams Chemistry Prize, Geneva College (2018)
Poster Award, American Chemical Society, Duquesne University Student Chapter (2018)
Dean’s List, Geneva College (2014-2018)
Honors Program Member, Geneva College (2014-2018)
Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities
When not in the lab, Belle enjoys reading and trying new recipes.