Lab: Rinn Lab

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Undergrad: Stanford University, majored in cell/molecular biology

My definition of Systems Biology is: the study of how individual parts work together to make a whole.

I worked in a lab in the department of dermatology at Stanford all four years of undergrad and stayed on for a year as a technician in the same spot. I ran the gambit of molecular biology techniques and spent a lot of time in the tissue culture room. As such I consider myself first a molecular biologist and am now developing into the realm of computational biology! I chose systems biology because I’m interested in how parts of the cell and/or individual cells work together to execute tissue or organism-wide programs of development or differentiation. And because the program offered the most flexibility for me to choose the curriculum I want to study on my own.

I am, on multiple scales (genome, cell, tissue, organism), interested in how noncoding regions of the genome influence mammalian physiology. Currently, I'm working to characterize the contribution to murine development of two noncoding regions containing lncRNA transcripts. The goal of my PhD is to characterize the effect of these regions' knockout in a mouse, as well as the molecular mechanism leading to that physiological effect.

In my free time I run and cook, dabble in understanding personalized genetics and bio-research related policy, and listen to audiobooks!