864-889-0519 chg@clemson.edu

Graduate Student

Email: bb2@clemson.edu

Biosketch

I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Psychology. My undergraduate research focused on isolating miDNA to identify markers for species identification in different species of flesh flies. I started graduate school at NC State University in 2015 under Dr. Trudy Mackay and relocated with her to the Clemson Center for Human Genetics in 2018. Outside of my research, I have many interests including playing and watching any sports, board games, and helping others set and reach their goals.

Research

My research utilizes a systems genetics approach to consumption of cocaine and methamphetamine in Drosophila melanogaster. Utilizing the Drosophila melanogaster Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) I am identifying genes that are associated with increased consumption and preference for cocaine and methamphetamine. I also investigate gene expression changes across the genome following exposure to cocaine and methamphetamine using standard RNA sequencing and at single-cell resolution. Findings from this research can serve as a contextual framework for future studies in humans.