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I am interested in cell and molecular biology, in particular I enjoy studying cytoskeletal structure and function especially in systems which have novel uses for conserved cytoskeletal proteins. Accordingly, I am currently rotating in the Paredez lab, trying to visualize cyst-wall protein formation and trafficking through encystation-specific vesicles in Giardia cells.
I'm a Missouri native who earned a bachelors degree in cell biology from Rockhurst University while playing for the men's soccer team. I spent 2 years as a research technician in Dr. Prachee Avasthi's lab at KU Medical Center working to visualize the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii actin network, where I found my passion for studying the cytoskeleton. I credit these single-celled eukaryotic algae cells for fueling my inspiration to pursue a career in research, and also believe swimming "Chlamy" cells are the cutest cells you'll ever look at under a microscope.