I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago.
In my research, I am interested in answering important questions at the intersection of genomics, immunity, and stress, and how they interact to regulate the immune response to infection, vaccination, and cancer.
I earned my Ph.D. in
Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill,
where I used statistical and quantitative genetics to model heritable host determinants of influenza A virus pathogenesis. I worked in the labs of Mark Heise and Will Valdar in the department of genetics. At UNC, I was a predoctoral trainee in the molecular biology of viral diseases.
Previously, I completed a masters degree and conducted research as a visiting scholar in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In my time there, I studied flavivirus transmission in
Culex mosquitoes through field work completed in
Macha, Zambia, and I trained in vaccine science and policy. I obtained my bachelors degree in Biochemistry
and Religion from Swarthmore College.
To promote scholarly publishing, I review articles as an Early Career Reviewer for the journal GENETICS, of the Genetics Society of America. I specialize in the areas of Statistical Genetics and Genomics and Complex Traits.
To promote access to medicines, empower students, and advocate for innovation in neglected research areas, I served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), North America from 2015-2019.
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- [2019-10-14]: Our study on social history effects and the immune response to pathogen signals has now been published online in PNAS: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1820846116.
- [2019-06-24]: Our malaria infant study has now been published in Malaria Journal: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-019-2842-7.
- [2019-03-01]: The preprint for our study of age-depedent effects on the host immune response to malaria infection and treatment is now posted on bioRxiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/564757.
- [2019-02-18]: Our study on social rank and social history effects on pathogen stimulation in immunity has been submitted, and the pre-print is posted on bioRxiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/552356.
- [2018-11-07]: The preprint for our work on QTL mapping study design, given diallel data, has been posted on bioRxiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/489682.
- [2018-10-31]: The preprint for our diallel study on litter size has been posted on bioRxiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/458877.
- [2018-08-01]: Today, I start a new position as postdoc at The University of Chicago, in the Barreiro Lab!
- [2018-01-09]: My dissertation defense is complete! Thanks for all the support from my advisors, committee, coworkers, friends, and family! [photo 1] [photo 2]
- [2017-11-29]: The influenza diallel (10.1534/g3.117.300438) and carrot diallel (10.1534/g3.117.300235) manuscripts are now available with G3 Early Online.
- [2017-11-15]: Our influenza diallel study has been accepted for publication in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. A preprint is available at bioRxiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/214205.
- [2017-11-08]: The carrot diallel study, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Wisconsin, has been accepted for publication in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics.