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How/Why Research? Research has made my experiences learning in class more valuable and relevant. I have had the opportunity to become involved in the applications of material and explore where my interests are. I was first involved in research with AP Research class in high school, where I learned about the wide scope of research areas and the research development process. Then, I continued to network with professors and teachers before applying to the Abram’s Scholarship program with the BME department.

Research Experience: I am studying D-serine by working to develop a biosensor for the amino acid in the brain based on enzyme engineering with an open circuit potential. Measuring D-serine is useful to predicting the onset of various cognitive disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, along with the treatment and dosage of medicine to treat these cognitive disorders. I have previous additional research experience on the effectiveness of promoters in E. coli.

Student Organizations/Clubs: Swim Club, Dive In, Community Government, Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers.

Random Fun Fact: My favorite ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Milk and Cookies.