When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
Science has always fascinated me from a young age. On Christmas I would ask for the small science kits they would sell with premade slides to look at under a tiny plastic microscope and would do “experiments” in the kitchen. Throughout high school my love for science grew and I wanted to continue learning. So, I have always wanted to research and further grow my understanding of science. However, it was not until I had a basic lecture on genetics in a high school class that my fascination with genetics became apparent. My undergraduate genetics courses at Texas A&M solidified that I wanted to further develop a knowledge of the subject and research within the field.
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
As an undergraduate at Texas A&M, I have had countless opportunities that has allowed me to grow as a young scientist and wanted to stay within this community. I love the spirit of Aggieland and that it has become my home, however I also wanted to choose a top-tier research institute for my graduate studies, such as Texas A&M. I have no doubt that choosing the Genetics PhD program here was a wise choice as I know that by the time I complete the program, I will be well prepared with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a related field.
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I have several interests. I would like to study the various mechanisms of genetic diseases and feel that it is of great importance to aid in discovery of treatments/preventions for such diseases. I am also interested in hereditary cancers and working toward their preventions. Lastly, I would like to further research genetics applications in forensic science.
What would be your dream job after graduation from the program?
After graduation, my dream is to help people with what knowledge and experience I acquire in the Genetics PhD program, such as working towards cures for genetic diseases or cancer in a clinical laboratory or as a forensic geneticist for a city or state laboratory.
Do you have any hidden talents? If so, what are they.
I enjoy figure skating and long ago would perform in Christmas shows on ice at my local ice rink in Alabama. I competed one time and try to go when I have a chance to Spirit Ice arena here in College Station. I also love sketching in my free time.
Favorite place you have travelled to.
My favorite place that I been so far is Yosemite National Park. Experiencing the natural grandeur and beauty of the park with my family is one of my favorite memories. One day, I would like to travel to see all the national parks.