Bioinformatics and Genomic
Medical Genetics- Human and Animal
How long have you been a faculty member at Texas A&M?
Just since September of 2020, I’m newfangled!
What made you choose to join the A&M faculty?
I was impressed by how large the campus is (even coming from the Texas Medical Center), the quality and breadth of the research and resources, and how much synergy there was between many of the faculty and my research interests/goals.
What makes A&M stand out above other institutions? What is the best part about being part of the Genetics program?
A&M seems to really have the students’ best interest at hand. In addition to being one of the largest and most diverse research universities in the U.S., quality education and research training of its STEM graduates is a huge priority and focus of the university. I love the interdisciplinary nature of the of the Genetics program. I’m a firm believer in collaborative science and that the best discoveries are made at the intersection of multiple fields.
How would you describe the atmosphere of the Genetics program with regard to collegiality (between students, students and faculty, faculty and faculty, etc…)?
The collegiality between faculty and ability to joke around and create a fun environment for their students while continuing to do stellar science is refreshing and gratifying.
When I am not in the lab, I am…
Spending quality time with my kids outdoors or exercising! I love running, biking, hiking, nature walks, lifting weights, and Camp Gladiator!
What is the most gratifying aspect about mentoring graduate students?
I like to be a positive influence both in the lab/classroom and outside the lab/classroom. I had some amazing research mentors during my undergrad, graduate, and post-doctoral career who made huge impacts in both my private and professional life . They really helped me through some tough times and help shaped my success and who I have become. I only hope to be able to pay that forward and mentor my students in research, career and their personal life.
Who is your famous role model?
Marie Curie…. she was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and the only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. Moreover, after her husband passed in a carriage accident, she continued her research for many years as head/chair of multiple institutes and departments all while being a single mom of two young children. She did all this in a time when it was frowned upon to be a woman in science. AMAZING.
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
2 dogs and a kitty cat! Gizmo, our sable Pomeranian. Ryder, our yellow lab mix. And Astro, our orange tabby cat.