Undergraduate Institution: West Texas A&M University
Hometown: Amarillo, TX
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 would describe myself as an ambitious person. This drives me to pursue a PhD. I have always been fascinated by the human body and how it works. However, I preferred learning about it in the cellular level; therefore, I chose genetics.
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
I chose A&M because of the connections I had made there during the SURGe program. All the professors showed a genuine interest in my career. Furthermore, the amount of funding the school receives as a whole, and the tight knit alumni will facilitate many future opportunities.
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I am particularly interested in the evolution of mitochondrial genomes, the role they play in disease, and what facilitated endosymbiosis.
What would be your dream job after graduation from the program?
My dream job would be working at a Tier One university where I am able to do research and teach bright students and able to be a founder of my own business.
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
I have two fish, Moose and Copper, and more plants than is probably reasonable for one person.