- Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Michigan State University in 2009
- Currently a fourth-year student in the PhD program
My interest in the program was piqued by both the wide array of opportunities available and numerous fields of study relating to molecular biology, as well as a fondness for the city of Detroit. The Center of Molecular Medicine and Genetics has proven to be the ideal grounds for expanding my knowledge of the field and further refining my interests in future research endeavors. I am currently a member of Dr. Maik Huttemann's lab, currently involved in two projects: a novel sample-driven assay reporter system for a lung cancer marker, as well as the use of light treatment in manipulation of mitochondrial enzymes and their involvement in ischemia/reperfusion injury. In addition, we are pursuing exciting work revolving around manipulating lung-specific mitochondrial enzymes to elucidate how mitochondria may regulate ventilation/perfusion ratios at the lung interface, and possible mechanisms for hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction.
Advisor: Maik Huttemann
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