I am originally from Virginia Beach, but I spent my early childhood and beyond growing up in the Triangle. I began my many years in the Triangle living in Chapel Hill until I moved to Raleigh to attend North Carolina State University. I received my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 and began my graduate career at Duke the same year. My various research experiences at Emory University, N.C. State University and especially Duke University helped develop my interest for research and convinced me that pursuing a Ph.D. at Duke was the best post-graduation path for me. I am currently a second year in the Truskey lab working on tissue engineered blood vessels (TEBVs) for disease modeling and drug testing. In particular I will be focusing on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) in order to model the disease development in TEBVs. My interests outside of lab include running/exercising, cooking, supporting N.C. State athletics and traveling.
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