Current Institution: University of Central Florida
Hometown: North Miami Beach, FL
Fields of Interest:
Medical Genetics – Human and Animal
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
I have always been fascinated by genes and science in general. Organisms are so similar and yet different. Not to mention, I absolutely loved my genetics class! While working on my undergraduate thesis I became more fascinated with how organisms express and store information that makes them whole. When looking into the field of genetics I understood the subject itself is interdisciplinary which I like, because it can be applied across various fields. There is so much we have yet to solve and understand about ourselves in general and this drives my desire to further my education and research in genetics.
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
I choose the A&M Genetic PhD program partially because I wish to diversify my research practices and techniques. The program’s interdisciplinary aspect provides great opportunities to learn and interact with various people from different disciplines. I also loved the atmosphere and the faculty during my visiting weekend. The faculty and students were enthusiastic about their research, and the welcoming environment confirmed this was the program for me.
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
If I were to choose a research topic, I would research genetic mutations and how they change the functionality of the cell. I would also like to investigate processes to improve approaches for prevention and detection of diseases.
Furthermore, I would like to investigate genetic/environmental triggers for myeloproliferative disorders.
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they.
I love to crochet and bake!
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
I have a 10-year-old fur baby Bryson! He is a rat terrier dachshund. He is old but he still bounces off the walls!