CSD Graduate Student
First Year Lab Rotations:
Rotation 1: Rytis Prekeris' Lab (2007): Establishment of epithelial cell polarity.
Rotation 2: Mary Reyland's Lab (2008): Mechanisms of PKCdelta regulation.
Rotation 3: Frank Jones' Lab (2008): Regulation of ErbB4/Her4 in breast cancer.
Thesis Advisor: Rytis Prekeris
Currently I research the mechanisms and functions of recycling endosomes during cytokinesis. Recycling endosomes deliver cargo and membrane to the intracellular bridge that connects daughter cells prior to cleavage and separation of the daughter cells from one another. It has been shown that these endosomes are necessary for cytokinesis but the cargo and the contribution of membrane to cytokinesis is still a mystery. I will employ fluorescent imaging, high resolution microscopy, and proteomic approaches to tackle this project.
Comprehensive Exam, December 1, 2009:
"Regulation of Recycling Endosomes During Cytokinesis"
Honors and Awards:
Winner, "Best Graduate Student/Post-Doc Talk," 2011 CSD Annual Retreat
American Society of Cell Biology Travel Grant
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2006.
Experience prior to joining the CSD graduate program:
I performed a six month contract at Amgen in their production facility monitoring drug water supply for microbial contamination.
Why did you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development?
I am a cell biologist and I like interacting with stem cell and developmental biologists in the program. The way they approach problems and the questions they ask are very helpful to me and my scientific training.
Why did you choose CU's Anschutz Medical Campus?
The collaborative environment and the accessibility of the program faculty.
What has been the biggest surprise to you since arriving at AMC?
The students within the program get along very well and provide a very good support system.
Where did you grow up?
When did you start the graduate program at Anschutz Medical Campus?
What do you do for fun?
Brew beer and mentoring my first year buddy.
What do you like about living in Colorado?
What's not to like? The mountains are very beautiful.
What do you like about the Anschutz Medical Campus?
The campus is very new and is still growing rapidly. Everyday I hear about new faculty that has been recruited to the campus, and new grants to provide state of the art equipment.