When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
When I saw a senior in high school, my AP bio teacher took us to a Sam Rhine genetics conference as a fieldtrip one day. I already knew I wanted to major in something in the science field, but I didn’t know what until that lecture. We learned about all sorts of genetics technologies that I hadn’t heard about until then and I was just fascinated by all the possibilities. After that, I knew that I wanted to study genetics!
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
I knew A&M was a great school, and I liked that it put me at a good distance from my hometown and family. After the symposium weekend I was really taken in by the extensive research going on and the wide variety of projects being done by GENE students. Everyone was so nice and friendly that I knew this was a community I wanted to be a part of!
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I’m really interested in the genetics of cancer and how all of that works together!
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
I have a good doggo! His name is Angus, he’ll be 10 in November, and he’s a chunky fluffy boy! The shelter told us he was a blue heeler/Pyrenees mix but we’re not totally sure about the Pyrenees bit because he’s fluffy but really more of a midsized dog than Pyrenees typically are. He’s been exercising more in the past month than he ever has in his life, but he still acts like he’s excited to go for walks to I guess I’ll keep taking him!
Favorite place you have travelled to.
I went to Spain in the summer of 2016 and stayed in the city of Salamanca for 2 weeks. The city was so pretty and I had a great time getting to explore it!