Drosophila Research Technician
Raised in Columbia, S.C. I attended Clemson University where I received my B.Sc. in Genetics with a double minor in Microbiology and Psychology in May 2019. In July 2019 I started working in the Mackay-Anholt lab as a Drosophila Research Technician. I work in both the molecular and fly lab. I plan on furthering my education in the future by pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Epidemiology with a focus on infectious diseases.
During my time as an undergraduate at Clemson University I worked as a project researcher and studied physiological changes under stressful environments in a self-driving automated driving simulator. I designed, ran, and recorded tests to observe GSR (galvanic skin response), EKG (electrocardiography), and BMP (basic metabolic pressure) to further understand the exact differences between having and not having control of the automobile. Upon graduation I have begun working at Clemson’s Center for Human Genetics in the Mackay-Anholt Lab, assisting and training with the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. The primary focus is to study complex and quantitative traits with regards to a general model for human disease study by performing a variety of lab assays and experiments. I am currently assisting and collaborating with several projects. The main project is to examine the phenotypic effects on flies with relation to congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) by performing an array of behavioral assays. I also assist in projects examining functions of genes related to metabolism in humans, cocaine abuse disorder, and examining the effects of localized neurotoxins on cocaine-induced behavior and gene expression by using Drosophila melanogaster as the model organism.