I graduated from Georgia College & State University in 2021 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate student, I worked in Dr. Andrei L. Barkovskii’s aquatic microbiology lab and there discovered my passion for research. I decided to continue my education under my undergraduate mentor and in May of 2023, I earned my M.S. in Biology from Georgia College. My Master’s thesis was centered around the heterogeneity among Vibrio Harveyi-clade pathogens present in the Southeast United States. I started my PhD at Clemson University under Dr. Qing Liu in fall of 2023, and I am ecstatic to navigate the world of cardiovascular toxicology in his lab. Outside of the lab, I enjoy exploring the beautiful scenery of Upstate South Carolina.
My PhD research will focus on the mechanisms by which mitochondria in cardiomyocytes become damaged and dysregulated due to drug exposure (like chemotherapy) and lead to cardiovascular diseases.