When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics & Genomics?
After conducting a microbiology REU at UGA in a fungal genetic laboratory led by Dr. Zachary Lewis, I realized that genetics is the field I want to be a part of. This was the first time I was properly exposed to genetics and was able to learn about multiple different genetic techniques and methods which inspired me to fully pursue a career in this field.
Why did you choose the Genetics & Genomics Ph.D. program at A&M?
After spending a couple days at Texas A&M with the current GGSA members and many different professors, I felt support and excitement from everyone I spoke to. I chose this program because of the supporting community and the many different research areas A&M offers.
If you were free to choose anything, what research question/topic would you like to address for your graduate studies?
I would like to research the underlying mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas9 in terms with correcting the Sickle Cell Disease mutation through gene editing.
What would be your dream job after graduation from the program?
My dream job after graduating from Texas A&M would be working in the gene editing of gene therapy industry. Helping people with genetic diseases is my long-term goal.
Favorite place you have travelled to.
My favorite place I travelled to is the Grand Canyon! The views are unforgettable.