I am originally from Duluth, Georgia but recently moved to Six Mile, South Carolina. I graduated from Clemson University in 2022 with degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics. I received General Honors and Departmental Honors in Genetics from the Clemson University Honors College. I spent three years in Dr. Haiying Liang’s lab researching various topics surrounding plant genomics. My Departmental Honors research focused on the characterization of stress-responsive promoters in poplar, specifically AOS1 and RALF in vivo and in silico, respectively. Characterizing these promoters will allow for further understanding of a gene’s function and provide promoters for future applications.
My Ph.D. research will be conducted under Dr. Lela Lackey. The research will focus on the roles of RNA secondary structures and alternative splicing in human disease.