As a fledgling biochemist and frustrated student, I plopped down for the start of my first Biochemistry class. I had recently transferred from the biology department, with the hope it would provide more insight to the problems related to human disease and the treatments associated with them. Dr. Garman gave an impassioned presentation on his work with Fabry Disease, a lysosomal storage disease. His passion for the topic was infectious. For the first time, I was exposed to the power of science in elucidating the mechanisms of human disease and its capacity to provide the answers I was looking for.
As I left class, I immediately contacted someone who worked in his lab to ask if there were any openings. I soon found myself working on a number of independent projects that utilized primarily protein expression and purification techniques. With graduation fast approaching, I realized that there was much more to learn about x-ray crystallography. The Master’s Program seemed like an excellent opportunity to work on a graduate project that would give me the hands-on experience collecting crystallographic data and working with electron density maps. I consider myself extraordinary fortunate to have been given the opportunity to study under Dr. Garman, and am thankful for his guidance and support throughout my career here.