In 2006 I graduated from Rutgers University, Rutgers College with a BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. After graduation I worked in the lab of Dr. Hitchcock-DeGregori and Dr. Alla Kostyukova at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical school in Piscataway, NJ on the structure and biochemical and cellular functions of actin binding proteins Tropomyosin and Tropomodulin. For my graduate studies I am in the joint Graduate Partnerships Program for Cytoskeleton and Cell motility research between UNC Chapel Hill and NIH.
I am studying the molecular mechanisms of axon guidance, neuronal cell motility and morphogenesis using the model organism Drosophila Melanogaster. In particular we are interested in how the receptor Notch regulates Abelson nonreceptor tyrosine kinase and its interacting proteins to induce remodeling of the actin cytoskeleton and in this way promote changes in the guidance of the neuronal growth cone.