When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics & Genomics?
Throughout my life I have been in and out of doctors’ offices which resulted in being diagnosed with multiple genetic conditions, including: POTS, MALS, EDS, Chiari Malformation and MCAD. I was surrounded by complex concepts or medicine and genetics, and I fell in love with it. I knew from then on that I wanted to know more and study genetic diseases.
Why did you choose the Genetics & Genomics Ph.D. program at A&M?
Texas A&M is a well-known research school and a close-knit community that I believe will suit me for a long time! The genetics program is an interdisciplinary program that allows me to explore a much larger pool of knowledge that I am really excited about.
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I would love to work with rare genetic conditions such as Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) or Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS). Both of these have personal connections with my own life, and I would like to one day help other people in the same situations.
What would be your dream job after graduation from the program?
I would love to go into academia, with the ultimate goal being a research professor at a major university.
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they.
Due to the unnatural flexibility of my ligaments and joints, I can touch my elbows together behind my back.
Favorite place you have travelled to.
My favorite place I have travelled to would be the beautiful city of Kitwe, Zambia.