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How/Why Research? Since I enrolled in UNC, I knew I wanted to start in research as soon as possible. I wanted my first week of classes at UNC to also be my first week in a lab setting! I was introduced to my PI the summer before my first semester at UNC through a research workshop that was held, and I cold emailed my PI! Afterwards, I was invited for an interview and then was accepted into my lab. Through the next few years, my lab and PIs have been gracious enough to help me learn more about research and graduate school.

Research Experience: During the past summer and year, I’ve been working on a project that develops a next-generation human/mouse chimera. I characterize the model by analyzing human markers in mouse tissues using immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. The project is vital for studying highly relevant pathogens that are only expressed in human models, like HIV.

Student Organizations/Clubs: Learning & Writing Center, Handmade by Heels, Chancellor’s Science Scholars

Also Happy to Chat about: Conferences, time management

Random Fun Fact: I love to crochet and scuba dive!