Year started the Program:
Why did you choose the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus?
I was very intrigued by the interdisciplinary nature of the Cancer Biology program. Faculty members are extremely diverse in their interests and expertise, providing the students with unique perspectives on their research projects. I was also excited about the possibility of working on a collaborative project with a clinician at the University of Colorado hospital.
In whose labs did you rotate?
Traci Lyons, Scott Cramer, and Jennifer Richer
Short description of your project:
Overexpression of semaphorin 7a in breast tumors correlates with significantly reduced distant metastasis free survival in women. We are interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms responsible for its dysregulation and the downstream phenotypic changes that contribute to the observed poor outcomes.
Where did you attend undergraduate school and what was your major/minor?
University of Georgia / BS, Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin / MS, Biomedical Sciences
What (if anything) did you do between undergraduate and graduate school?
After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I worked at a clinical research site in Atlanta for a year before returning to graduate school.
Women in STEM
Cooking, hiking, and helping the homeless
What is your favorite thing about Colorado?
Like so many who live here, I think the mountains are my favorite part of this beautiful state.