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How/Why Research? I got involved in research my sophomore year in a Virology lab at UNC School of Medicine through a work study position. Then, after deciding to take a gap year due to coronavirus and reading a very interesting paper Dr. Vetreno wrote, I reached out and was fortunate to be given a full time laboratory technician job studying alcohol use and neurodegenerative diseases.

Research Experience: My freshman year summer internship was at a pharmaceutical pharmacology lab, which opened my eyes to the world of research outside of academia. At UNC, I worked in a virology lab my sophomore year and spent the last year as a laboratory technician. I am excited to return to school this fall and conduct an honors thesis as a continuation of my gap year research.

Student Organizations/Clubs: American Red Cross, Club Field Hockey, Neuroscience Club.

Random Fun Fact: I learned to ski at 3 years old!