Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Microbiology (pre-med); Minor: Anthropology Certificate: Culture, Health, and Science
Activities and Involvement: Research Assistant, Resident Assistant, Peer Advisor for the Microbiology department, Teaching Assistant for Introductory Biology I and II, volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamsphire County, Peer Mentor at the Stonewall Center, STEM Ambassadors Program, Commonwealth Honors College
Favorite tour stop: My favorite tour spot is the academics stop. I love sharing all of the ways in which you are able to learn at UMass. At UMass, learning does not stop in the classroom. You are able to supplement your learning through free tutoring services, service-learning projects, and research on campus. On campus, I’ve researched grass, rice, tomatoes, and bacteria!
I am a third-year student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst pursuing a bachelor's degree in microbiology, with a minor in anthropology. I am on the Pre-Medical track and a part of the Commonwealth Honors College. I am also pursuing a certificate in Culture, Health, and Science to investigate health-related topics through an interdisciplinary scope.
I have experience in an evolutionary genomics lab on campus, assisting a Ph.D. candidate in determining a genomic sequence that codes for seed-dispersal traits in weedy rice. During the summer of 2019, I became a summer scholar for the Center of the Agriculture, Food, and the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The primary goal of my research was to elucidate microbial associations that improve plant growth in a model grass species, Brachypodium distachyon. Currently, I work at a private biotechnology company which aims to develop microbe-based therapeutics for the nervous and enteric systems.
Beyond research, I enjoy mentoring and building new relationships. I volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County and act as a mentor for my "little brother." On campus, I am a resident assistant for first-year students, a peer advisor for the microbiology major, a teaching assistant for introductory biology I & II, a member of the STEM Ambassadors Program, a peer advisor at the Stonewall Center, and a tour guide for the university.