As an undergraduate at Binghamton University in New York, I had the opportunity to participate in the SURE-REU program at UNC-Chapel Hill. This program heavily influenced my decision to apply to UNC for graduate school. During this 10-week program I had the opportunity to work in the lab of Dr. Kathleen Caron, where I gained valuable research experience and insight into graduate student life at UNC. By the end of the program, I felt that the enthusiastic and collaborative environment at UNC met my needs as a student, while providing a mentally stimulating environment.
Therefore, when I graduated from Binghamton University in 2009 with my BS in biology, I decided to attend UNC for my graduate work. There are several reasons why I chose to attend UNC-Chapel Hill for my graduate work and why I specifically chose to join the Cell and Molecular Physiology department. For one, I find the questions beings asked by researchers at UNC to be very interesting and important. I also enjoy the supportive and collaborative environment fostered by the Physiology department. Finally, I was thrilled to find a strong program where I could study the physiological interactions and function of interesting proteins.
In June of 2010, I officially joined the Cell and Molecular Physiology department and the lab of Dr. Kathleen Caron for my dissertation work. My main project in the Caron lab is focused on determining the physiological mechanism by which adrenomedullin offers protection to the heart against injury, as well as the role it plays during embryonic development of the heart. I am excited to see the results of my planned experiments and to see how my projects grow and change throughout my graduate career.