Janelle earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at Emmanuel College in 2016 with cum laude Latin honors and a minor in mathematics. She also earned the title of ‘Distinction in the Field’ through her undergraduate biophysics research studying the kinetics of NdeI. After graduating, she spent a few years working in Research and Development at Nova Biomedical, before coming to the UMass MCB program and joining the Mager lab. Since joining the Mager lab, she has begun working on characterizing CMTR1 and the lethal phenotypes that arise from knockout mutants. Janelle has broad research interests in developmental biology and stem cells, with long-term career goals of continuing in academia and improving science communication to “non-scientists”.