First Year Lab Rotations:
Rotation 1: Dennis Roop's Lab (Fall Semester, 2013)
Rotation 2: Santo Franco's Lab (Fall/Spring Semester, 2013/14)
Rotation 3: Emily Bates' Lab (Spring Semester, 2014)
Rotation 4: Peter Dempsey's Lab (Summer Semester, 2014)
Mentor: Peter Dempsey
Master of Science, Biotech and Bioinformatics, California State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA, September 2012.
Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, December, 2009.
Experience prior to joining the CSD graduate program:
Research Technician, Chemical Physiology Department, Jeanne Loring lab, The Scripps Research Institute, October 2012 – July 2013.
Why did you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development?
During my Masters work I really discovered my passion for being in the lab and doing stem cell based research. I became interested in understanding what happens when certain developmental functions go awry and why that happens. I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. to become a better scientist and learn how to form my own research questions and develop well thought-out hypotheses. The CSD graduate program seemed like the perfect fit and has many labs interested in bridging these three topic (cell biology, stem cells, and development), so I felt like there was room to grow and ask new, interesting questions.
Why did you choose CU's Anschutz Medical Campus?
First of all, when I visited for interview weekend the students in the program really stood out. They all seemed happy to be in the program and also here in Denver. The faculty in the program were also perusing really interesting research and they stressed the collaborative environment as well as maintaining a work-life balance
What has been the biggest surprise to you since arriving at AMC?
The biggest surprise to me was how much quality work both students and faculty are accomplishing and at the same time how much fun everybody has both in work and out of work.
Where did you grow up?
Simi Valley, California.
When did you start the graduate program at Anschutz Medical Campus?
What do you do for fun?
I love going to concerts and attending music festivals, trying new-to-me beer and going to breweries, being outside- going on hikes, heading to the mountains, attempting to snowboard, park days with friends, and working out (to keep my sanity).
What do you like about living in Colorado?
Seasons! As a Californian I grew up with basically just year-round spring and summer. Here in Colorado, when I’m sick of summer it starts to get cold and when I’m sick of the cold it starts to get warm- it’s perfect! There are outdoor adventures at all times of the year and I really enjoy taking advantage of that.
What do you like about the Anschutz Medical Campus?
Everybody genuinely seems very happy to be here and to foster a very collaborative environment.