Title: IB PhD Student
I received my bachelor degree in biology from Juniata College (Huntingdon, Pa) in 2012. During my undergraduate studies I worked in multiple research labs. These labs included a Streptomyces coelicolor lab where I studied aerial hyphae development and an immunology lab in which I examined bird immunoglobulins and specific binding. My internships include a summer spent at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching heme possessing in Plasmodium falciparum. I also worked a summer with Dr. Hazel Barton, at Northern Kentucky University, analyzing oligotrophic cave bacteria for their Benzosulfonic Acid metabolizing properties.
I came to Akron’s Intergraded Biology program for two reasons. The first reason is to continue working in Dr. Barton’s lab. The second reason is because of the opportunity to easily research across biologic disciplines and have expertise in many facets of biology easily accessible and at my disposal. Specifically, I will be studying biospeleogenesis associated with BIFs (Banded Iron Formation) in the Amazon Basin. The current hypothesis is that the caves are formed in iron rich substrate through redox reactions that are facilitated by specialized bacterial and archaeal metabolic processes.
B.S., Biology Juniata College