ABOUT ME

 I use a variety of Molecular Biology and Biophysical methods, primarily nuclear magnetic resonance, to answer Biological questions. Since proteins do all the work around a cell, I am interested in protein dynamics, protein structure and function relationships, intrinsically disordered proteins, and protein-protein or nucleotide-protein binding interactions. I think science is only as valuable as it is communicated and hope to do my part in making science available to increasingly more diverse members of the community. 

EXPERIENCE

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Oregon State University

Graduate Teaching Assistant 2016-2019 

Graduate Research Assistant 2020-Present 

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PhD Research & Development Intern, 2020

Hewlett Packard

Microfluidics Futures Lab

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2014-2016

Volunteer Undergraduate Research Assistant, Arkansas Children's Hospital

Advisor: Dr. Gulner Com

“Longitudinal Assessment of Fat Free Mass Index and its Impact on Clinical Outcome of Children with Cystic Fibrosis”

EDUCATION

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2016-Present

PhD candidate, Biochemistry & Biophysics

- Oregon State University

Advisor: Dr. Elisar Barbar
Research interests: protein dynamics, protein structure and function relationships, intrinsically disordered proteins, RNA-protein binding interactions
Lab Experience: Bacterial protein expression and purification, 1D 2D & 3D nuclear magnetic resonance, cloning, plasmid prep, column chromatography, transformation, PCR, DNA extraction, ion exchange, SDS-PAGE, agarose gel electrophoresis, analytical ultracentrifugation, circular dichroism crystallography, isothermal titration calorimetry, linux and command line proficient, Python basics

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2012-2016

B.S. Biology - University of Central Arkansas

Honors Thesis

Advisor: Dr. Mindy Farris

“Effect of Hormone Precursor Availability on Lifespan & Stress Resistance of Long-lived C. elegans”

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2012-2016

Minor Honors Interdisciplinary Studies  University of Central Arkansas' Norbert O. Schedler Honors College

Honors Thesis

Advisor: Dr. Ellen Stengel, Writing Department

“Harry Potter and the Ugly Passport Photo”

Study abroad program developed for university’s Writing, Childhood Education, Film & Biology programs following an independent study abroad in Ireland, the UK, and Portugal