about me

Early Life

I was born in Austin, TX, and grew up in Sherborn, MA. Sherborn is a pretty quiet town, and I spent a lot of time as a kid running around in the woods and generally interacting with the outdoors. My parents and grandparents saw that I enjoyed science, and they encouraged me by showing me how to use microscopes, and identify plants and animals in the outdoors from a young age. I find it a little ironic that my first love was field biology, and I wound up studying the architecture of cell nuclei.

Rochester

After graduating from Dover-Sherborn high school in 2003, I attended the University of Rochester and graduated with a B.S. in molecular genetics in 2007. My first research experiences were here in the aging biology laboratory of Drs. Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov. After graduating in the summer of 2007, I moved to Austin, TX with my boyfriend (now husband).

Austin

I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Aldrich as a laboratory technician for 3 years. Mostly I focused on supporting the electrophysiology researchers by doing a lot of molecular biology: plasmid mutagenesis and design, as well as protein purification and engineering of E. coli.

Over the last year I worked there, I used the staff educational benefit at UT Austin to take undergraduate courses in microbiology. In March of 2010, I was accepted into the microbiology doctoral program at UT Austin, and Dr. Vishy Iyer mentored me in the science of functional genomics. Here I learned molecular biology as it relates to genomics - lots of chromatin immunorepcipitation in challenging substrates, like solid tumors. The Iyer lab is different from a lot of genomics laboratories, because you are dependent primarily on yourself for analysis of data generated. Learning bioinformatics was challenging, and I was greatly assisted by Dr. Edward Marcotte's great bioinformatics class, as well as not giving up on learning R (though I still struggle).

I went through some pretty rough times towards the end of graduate school - my mom died suddenly in 2015 and I'm still grieving. It's a long process. As part of that process, it is likely that there will be some retrospective showings of her art work in the near future (mid-2019). Right now, shows will likely be in local businesses on Cape Ann, but if you like her art work, please get in touch and we can set something up.

Boston

After defending my dissertation in April 2017, I briefly served as a fellow for a pop-up institute on precision health at UT Austin, and moved back to Massachusetts in July of 2017. In November of 2017 I joined the laborotories of Drs. Patrick Ellinor and Steven Lubitz at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cardiovascular Research Center. Here I've been focusing on functional genomics in left atrium, and understanding the statistical analysis of genetics and phenotype that allows for GWAS identification of risk-associated SNPs. It's great work with really amazing people. My day to day is generally at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, in the Medical and Population Genetics group. I'm also a member of Dr. Ellinor's collaboration with Bayer, the Precision Cardiology Laboratory.

Outside the lab...

I enjoy sewing, gardening and macro photography. Visually, I sometimes post those on instagram. Though not very often lately - social media makes me feel a little weird. I used to make fractals on the regular, but that website is fairly out of date (2009). When the weather is good, cycling is my main mode of transit. I live on the North Shore of Massachusetts with my husband and my Dad.