Allie Neila Denham
Current Institution: Angelo State University
Hometown: Bandera, Texas
Fields of Interest:
Bioinformatics and Genomics
Conservation & Population Genetics
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
I was incredibly sick my first few years of college and this caused me to lose my passion for medicine as well as my dream of continuing athletics. Although many doors closed, I became incredibly interested in genetic predispositions that could potentially explain why the body reacts a certain way to illnesses compared to other people.
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
This was surprisingly my first time visiting A&M and I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere, my possible cohort (full of incredibly friendly people), and the wonderful people I had the opportunity to meet, as well as the vast amount of possible research routes we were allowed to take.
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I really think big data collection and a large-scale epidemiological study would be interesting regarding genetic predispositions. My current research has allowed me to explore the world of parasitology, which I’ve enjoyed… I love everything!!
Who was your famous role model growing up?
Although fictional… Elle Woods from Legally Blonde had the attitude I strive to have, a hilarious personality, strong work ethic, along with an amazing comeback story.
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they:
I’m a former state champion in cross country, as well as an All-American pole vaulter. So if you’re ever stressed and want to run (or walk… I am out of shape) a few miles or hit up the gym I am your girl!
Favorite place you have travelled to.
I feel like I have ties between Crater Lake, Seattle, or Boston.