First Year Lab Rotations:
Rotation 1: (2015) Santos Franco - Investigated the functional characteristics of CSMD2 and its role in the synapses of the adult brain.
Rotation 2: (2015-16) Linda Barlow - Generated an in vitro organoid-based system with which I could study the role of Wnt/b-Catenin signaling in the context of taste cell population dynamics.
Rotation 3: (2016) Tobias Eckle - Investigated the functional role of Notch signaling on cell survival in hypoxic stress response.
Thesis Advisor - Santos Franco
Why did you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development?
Ever since completing my MS, I have been fascinated with cell and developmental biology and how discoveries made in those fields have potential for the development of treatment strategies of diseases such as degenerative disorders observed in aging. The CSD program seemed like a good fit for me to gain a working foundation in developmental biology. The people within the program are also an extremely supportive and clever lot who will encourage discussion and personal growth as a scientist.
Why did you choose CU's Anschutz Medical Campus?
The people on CU's Anschutz Medical Campus bring a collaborative, supportive, and encouraging environment, which is very refreshing. The professors on campus come from a very diverse range of research interests and backgrounds, which I believe will help broaden my horizons throughout my graduate school experience.
What has been the biggest surprise to you since arriving at AMC?
My biggest surprise has been how important it is to have proper winter apparel. Coming from San Francisco, California, I was never used to actually living in a snowy area during winter. That said, I found myself very unprepared when winter came around and the best I had was jeans, sneakers, a t-shirt, and a zip-up hoodie...
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, California.
When did you start the graduate program at Anschutz Medical Campus?
I started in the CSD program in Fall 2015.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy going to anime conventions, usually in cosplay. I also enjoy a good session of PC gaming, building plastic gunpla models, and going to car shows.
What do you like about living in Colorado?
The range of environments. The downtown area is full of things to see and do. At the same time, the mountains aren't that far away, if you're ever in the mood for getting away from it all.
What do you like about the Anschutz Medical Campus?
The campus has great facilities and the open lab set ups make a great setting for collaborative and friendly chats.