I am a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program here at UTMB, but many students probably recognize my name from various Graduate Student Organization (GSO) emails that get sent out. Prior to coming to UTMB I worked in software for about four years and conducted research in the inorganic chemistry department at the University of Texas at Austin – where I earned my undergraduate degrees.
Currently, I work under Dr. Andrew Routh and my research focuses on using novel next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques to understand the various roles capsid protein may play in flavivirus pathogenesis. I also use NGS coupled with UV-crosslinking to identify capsid-RNA interactions in flavivirus particles. The combination of molecular biology, chemistry, and coding has really allowed me to utilize all of the skills I’ve acquired and still learn something new every day. In addition, I’m happy to work in a department and lab that is highly collaborative which allows me to put my skills to work in different types of projects.
This is my second term as GSO president, and I’m happy to have to chance to work with yet another set of great graduate students. We have a lot of great things in the works for this year! I don’t want to ruin the surprise – but we’re really hoping to put together a number of events that increase inclusion across the graduate school and UTMB as a whole, as well as create a real sense of community amongst graduate students. If you read that and you’re interested in getting involved don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org!