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How/Why Research? I became involved with research in fall of 2020, after finding the open position on the OUR website’s opportunities database. After that, I emailed and interviewed with my current lab manager, and started working in the lab the next week! I wanted to participate in research to experience real world applications of what I am learning in school.

Research Experience: In my college research experience, I have worked on projects that investigate the effect of the chemokine CXCL5 on the development of heart conditions, including forms of cardiovascular disease. In addition, the Schisler lab investigates the ubiquitin ligase CHIP, mutations in the gene that encodes CHIP, and how these play a role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. The goal of these studies is to use genomic-biologic data collected from mouse models to better understand human diseases. In my experience, I have gained skills in PCR work, gel electrophoresis, and handling of mice. Research has helped me deepen my understanding of biology and develop my problem-solving skills.

Student Organizations/Clubs: Delight, Alpha Phi Sorority, Blank Canvas Dance Company.

Random Fun Fact: I was a gymnast and can do a back flip!