I graduated in 2008 with my BS in Biology from Ursinus College. I completed my honors thesis on spinal cord regeneration in urodeles and completed an independent research project on UNC-13 protein involvement in neurotransmission in C. elegans. After graduation, I continued to work on my neurotransmission project for a year before applying UNC.
I joined the Samulski lab in 2010. Our lab is interested in developing novel Adeno-associated viruses (AAV) for enhanced gene delivery. My research focus is to modify existing serotypes of AAV to promote increased spread and permeation in the retina following intravitreal injection. This work is important for developing safer therapies for retinal degenerative disorders.
Current TA, teaching 3 weeks of a course in the Fall
2012-Present- Science Educator Program
2011- HHMI funded Translational Medicine training grant
2011- FASEB travel award
Neuroscience Research Symposium committee member
Translational Medicine Symposium committee member
Gene Therapy Center steering committee member
REU-SURE student advisor